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Orange-Frosted Cranberry Cookies

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Serves 4 dozen cookies | Prep Time 10 minutes | Cook Time 12 - 14 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

This is our FAVORITE holiday cookie! It's a soft cookie that is both sweet and tart! The fresh cranberries also make the cookies a colorful holiday favorite!

Patti Hatcher

Ingredients You'll Need

1C Granulated sugar
1/2C Packed brown sugar
1C Butter or margarine softened
1tsp Grated orange peel
2T Orange juice
1 Egg
2 1/2 C All purpose flour
1/2tsp Baking soda
1/2tsp Salt
2C Coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2C Chopped nuts – hazelnuts, pecans or walnuts – your preference

Orange Frosting
1 1/2C Powdered Sugar
1/2tsp Grated Orange Peel
2 or 3T Orange Juice


Heat oven to 375F Spray cookie sheet with cookie spray or use parchment paper.

In a large bow, beat sugars, butter orange peel, orance juice and egg with mixer on medium speed or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in cranberries and nuts, On cookie sheet, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart.

Bake 12 or 14 minutes or until edges and bottoms of cookies are light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

In a small bowl, stir all frosting ingredients until smooth and spreadable. Frost cookies. Put frosting in a small plastic bag, cut the corner of the bag to "pipe" the icing. Use a zig-zag motion with icing over tops of cookies.

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