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cookies with cranberries and orange

Cranberry Orange Cookies

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 mins
  • Total Time: 28 mins
  • Yield: 26 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Coated in orange sugar and filled with crunchy macadamia nuts and chewy dried cranberries, these Cranberry Orange Cookies will become a holiday staple. They are also perfect for gifting!



  • 1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest, divided
  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetened, dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup of the sugar and 1 teaspoon of the orange zest. Use your fingers to rub it together until the orange zest is mixed throughout the sugar. Set aside.
  3. Combine the remaining 1 cup sugar and the butter in a large bowl. Beat until creamy. Add the egg and beat to combine.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined.
  5. Add in the dried cranberries and the macadamia nuts. Mix just until combined.
  6. Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop, shape the dough into balls. Roll in the orange sugar then place on a baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper, at least 2 inches apart. Flatten the cookies slightly with your hand.
  7. Bake for about 7 minutes, until the cookies are just barely browning around the edges. Do not overbake.
  8. Cool for 1 minute before removing from the baking sheet to cool completely.

Recipe Notes:

Slightly adapted from Land O Lakes

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 150
  • Sugar: 12 g
  • Sodium: 66 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 21 mg

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