Soft Cranberry Cookies Recipe

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This recipe for cranberry cookies makes the most delicious, soft cookies!  These cranberry cookies are full of bright flavor, and aren't too sweet.  They're a wonderful addition to any holiday cookie tray.

Cranberry cookies surrounded by fresh cranberries on a white marble background.

This month for the Taste Creations Blog Hop, our theme is cranberries!  I absolutely love the tart fruit!  I've had crisp cranberry cookies before (and in fact, one of the recipes in this blog hop is an amazing orange cranberry shortbread), but I'm a sucker for soft cookies, so I decided to develop a soft cranberry cookie recipe.

Ingredients for cranberry cookies on a white marble background.

Cranberry Cookie Recipe:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 cup chopped cranberries

Cranberry cookie dough in a silver mixing bowl.

Beat the butter and sugar together.  Add the egg and beat until combined.  

Add the salt, vanilla, orange zest, baking powder, and chopped cranberries and mix well.  Add the flour, and mix just until combined.

What Can I Substitute for Fresh Cranberries in this Cranberry Cookie Recipe?

  • No fresh cranberries?  No problem!  Dried cranberries also work very well in this recipe.
  • You can even use leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving in this recipe (though you may need to adjust the baking time due to different liquid content of different cranberry relishes)

Cranberry cookie dough scooped out on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Scoop the cookie dough on a parchment lined baking sheet.  (I love my cookie scoop for this job; it was a PITA making cookies without a scoop these past few months as we waited for our shipment of goods to arrive in the UK!)

Freshly baked soft cranberry cookies.

Bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes, until the cookies just start to turn golden at the edges.

Ingredients for orange glaze for cranberry cookies.

Once the cookies have cooled, you can add a drizzle of glaze to the top for some extra flavor.

Glaze for Cranberry Cookies

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • approximately 2-3 teaspoons of orange juice (or cranberry juice)

Orange glaze for cranberry cookies

Mix in the fresh orange juice (or cranberry juice, if you have it) a teaspoon at a time into a half cup of powdered sugar.  It doesn't take much liquid to make a simple, delicious glaze to drizzle on the cranberry cookies.

Orange glaze being drizzled on cranberry cookies.

You can drizzle the glaze on the cookies with a spoon, or with a piping bag.  Both are delicious, but if you want nice neat lines, I have much better luck with a piping bag.

Cranberry cookies surrounded by fresh cranberries on a white marble background.

The glaze adds an extra punch of bright citrus flavor to these delicious cranberry cookies.

Printable, One Page Cranberry Cookies Recipe:

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Be sure to check out the other amazing cranberry recipes from my blogger friends in the Taste Creations Blog Hop this month.

More Cranberry Recipes from the Taste Creations Blog Hop:

Collage of cranberry recipes for the Taste Creations Blog Hop

Our Good Life:  Cranberry Butter

An Italian in my Kitchen: Almond Cranberry Cake

Mom Home Guide: Lemon Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Other Cranberry Recipes You Might Like:

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