Cranberry Cookies with Orange Glaze

Cranberry Cookies with Orange Glaze
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It’s Christmas cookie time and that means one thing – everyone is looking for the best cookies to add to their dessert platters.  Frosted sugar cookies are fun with the kids and homemade fudge is are a must have, but my absolute favorite are these orange-frosted cranberry cookies.  Cranberries just scream holidays to me and I love to add them to desserts.  They add a wonderful pop of color and a burst of flavor that can’t be beat.

I started adding these cranberry cookies to the Christmas cookie rotation about a decade ago and, while the rest of the cookies rotate in and out of the rotation each year, these ones show up every year.  They’re easy to make – just your standard cookie dough with some orange zest and juice added in – and the flavors deliver BIG TIME.  The glaze can be made in a snap and reinforces that delicious citrus flavor that compliments the tart cranberries.

Every year these cookies are a huge hit.  Try them for yourself!

Orange Cranberry Cookies

Orange-Glazed Cranberry Cookies

These orange frosted cranberry cookies deliver big on flavor and look amazing on any holiday cookie platter.
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 110kcal
Author While It's Cooking



  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 tsp orange peel grated
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 large egg
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups cranberries fresh, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup nuts (optional)


  • cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp orange peel grated
  • 2-3 tsp orange juice


  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • In bowl of electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, orange peel, orange juice, and egg (medium speed).
  • In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Adjust speed to low and gradually add in flour mixture until combined (use spatula to scrape down sides of bowl as needed).
  • Stir in cranberries and nuts (if using).
  • Drop by rounded tablespoons full about 2 inches apart on non-stick cookie sheet.
  • Bake 12-14 minutes until the bottoms are a light golden brown.
  • Transfer to cooling rack and let cool completely.
  • In small bowl, combine brown sugar, orange peel and orange juice until you have a glaze consistency. Drizzle over the top of the cookies.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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While It's Cooking

I love cooking. Always have. As a busy mother of two young kids, oftentimes the best time I have to pick up a cookbook or explore a new idea is while food is cooking. Sometimes I use that time to explore more about the meal I am preparing - the food, the traditions, the culture. Sometimes I use that time to figure out what I'm going to cook next and delve deeper into ingredients and techniques to experiment with. Usually while I'm cooking my family leaves me alone in the kitchen and I can enjoy a rare moment to myself. One of my favorite times of the day is "While It's Cooking."

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