Cranberry Orange Cookies

5 from 19 votes

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Cranberry Orange Cookies are simple to make and have the perfect amount of chewy-yet-tangy goodness. Perfect for holiday baking!

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I have a great cookie recipe for you today. Cranberry Orange Cookies.

These are a festive version of my famous Lemon Crinkle Cookies, just jazzed up with orange and cranberry. Super simple to throw together in only 1 bowl and they have the perfect amount of chewy-yet-tangy goodness. Lovely and light, just how I like my cookies.


Main Ingredients

You don’t need a lot to make these tasty Cranberry Orange Cookies. Lot’s of simple cookie-making staples plus orange and cranberry! Here’s what you need:

  • Butter + Sugar – for flavor and to sweeten!
  • Vanilla – this goes great with the citrusy notes of the orange and the tartness of the cranberries.
  • Egg – this is used for structure and for texture.
  • Orange Zest + Juice – I used a navel orange to get the zest and fresh orange juice!
  • Baking Powder, Baking Soda + Salt – to help the cookies rise and create chewiness. Salt is used to balance all of the flavors.
  • Flour – this fills out the rest of the cookies.
  • Cranberries – chopped up, these little guys are tart but are perfectly festive for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
  • Powdered Sugar – this creates the ‘crinkled’ effect, plus adds a little more sweetness.


How to Make Cranberry Orange Cookies

Here’s the basic rundown, make the dough, roll it in powdered sugar, bake, cool, then devour! For full details on how to make Cranberry Orange Cookies, see the recipe card down below.

  1. Start by creaming butter and sugar together. I just made these by hand, but a stand mixer would be fine to use too.
  2. Next, stir in an egg, some vanilla, a whole lot of orange zest, and a little orange juice too. It might look a little funky, but this is totes normal.
  3. Now, stir in all your dry ingredients. This is just flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Voila! Cookie dough! I seriously could just stop here and eat this with a spoon. I LOVE COOKIE DOUGH.
  4. But, we need to resist and forge ahead. Grab some fresh cranberries. Give them a wash and chop them up pretty fine. Add them to your cookie dough and give another quick stir.
  5. Then you can scoop the dough into balls and roll in a pile of powdered sugar.
  6. Place the cookies onto your baking sheet and bake for a couple of minutes.
  7. You want them soft…..and crinkly. That was probably a given though. Let these cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

Once they cool down enough, start shoveling these bad boys straight into your mouth. I love these because the cranberries are slightly tart and make the perfect addition to the orange.

More Cranberry Recipes to Try!

Give these simple Cranberry Orange Cookies a whirl today! You will love these soft and chewy treats.

The printable recipe card is below, have a great day!

5 from 19 votes

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Orange Cookies are simple to make and have the perfect amount of chewy-yet-tangy goodness. Perfect for Holiday baking!
servings 24 small cookies
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 45 mins



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with non stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, orange zest and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly.
  • Stir in chopped cranberries. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a 2 teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.


*If using a nonstick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.


Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Orange Cookies
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28 Responses
  1. Emilee

    Your lemon crinkle cookies are my favorite cookie in the world. I’m going to a holiday cookie exchange and wanted to bring my favorite cookie, but also wanted to bring something festive. Problem solved! These look delicious.

  2. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen

    I’ve got 3 bags of fresh cranberries in my fridge right now and I know I’ll have some left after the big day. Perfect timing on this one. They look great! I can’t comment on the CrossFit thing. I’m happy if I can get on my treadmill or over to the track 2 or 3x a week. I think it would kick my behind 🙂

  3. Marti

    These look great!! Could I please get an invite to your Pinterest board The Best Recipes on Pinterest!. You can find my Pinterest board at

    Thank you so much! Marti

  4. Karli

    I can’t wait to hear if you try out CrossFit! Gotta try these cookies…and maybe I should add CrossFit to my list too 🙂 Your recipes are delicious and dangerous!

  5. Carol Hanshew

    These look so delicious!!! I can’t wait to try them. I took CrossFit for 3 months and I absolutely loved every minute of it. There is no doubt about it – it is INTENSE but totally addictive. You accomplish things you never thought you could (like unassisted pull-ups!) and the results are incredible. All CrossFit boxes offer what they call “basic training” which is a 2-3 week training program that gets you ready for more challenging stuff. What I loved most was the community – when you join a CrossFit box you become family. Everyone encourages each other and supports each other. If you try it my only caution is not to overdo it. 🙂 Be sure and take rest days. Otherwise I say go for it!

  6. Phi Kelnhofer

    5 stars
    Oh man, I made a version of these last night, and they were AMAZING! I think I have a new favorite cookie! And the crinkle is absolutely adorable, and they taste SO good!!!

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  8. Jennifer

    I was searching for a recipe like this and will be making for a local charity bake sale on Wednesday. Would these freeze well do you think?

  9. Denise

    5 stars
    I just finished these with dried cranberries (that’s what I had on hand) and they turned out great. Thanks for a “non-chocolate” yet festive and delicious cookie. They are sssooo good!

  10. Elreen

    5 stars
    These little cookies are the best. I’ve also discovered yummy “Orange Crinkle Cookies”. I left out the cranberries on accident. I had already put a batch in the oven when I saw the chopped cranberries still sitting on the counter. Thanks for a great recipe!

  11. Michelle

    5 stars
    These cookies are absolutely delicious! I brought them to a small cookie exchange I had with my bookclub and they were THE HIT! Everyone loved them and I have had to share the recipe with all of them. My husband demanded I make another batch so we could have some at home as well AND all three of my kiddos liked them. That is the sign of a true crowd pleaser!

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  13. Lab lover

    5 stars
    My husband and I say in unison “these cookies rock!” This is new favorite cookie recipe. All others pale in comparison. My husband says they are better than chocolate chip (wow) Thank you for sharing.

  14. Adrienne

    5 stars
    Just made a lemon variation of these… and they’re to die for! I also replaced half a cup of flour with 1/2 of instant oats. came out amazing! I’ve tried a couple of orange/cranberry cookie recipes that came out too cakey. These were really good, chewy cookies! Thanks again!

  15. Nancy Huntington

    I am going to try this recipe tomorrow. Love cranberries. I plan to add nuts to half the dough and then compare the original and nut version.

  16. Grace

    5 stars
    I had forgotten about these cookies (I make them every year during the holidays since you posted them…they’d have made it to my oven again eventually) and my 10yo asked yesterday when I’ll be making them since we have cranberries. Tells you how awesome they are!

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