Cranberry Orange Cookies

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(Last Updated On: December 17, 2021)

If you’re searching for a festive Christmas cookie, look no further! These yummy treats made with cranberry and orange (and rolled in sugar) are sure to become a holiday favorite!

No need for extra fluff…let’s get right into the recipe!


Here are all of the ingredients for the cookies:

Cranberry Orange Cookie Ingredients

Combine cranberries and sugar in a food processor and pulse:

Cranberry Orange Cookies food proc

Combine flour and sugar and cut butter into the mixture:

Cranberry Orange Cookie butter

Stir in remaining ingredients, knead the dough, and shape into a log:

Cranberry Orange Cookie log

Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours:

Cranberry Orange Cookie chill

Slice dough, coat in sugar, and bake for 12-15 minutes:

Cranberry Orange Cookies sugar

Once cooled, you’ll have yourself the most delicious sweet and tangy cookie!

Cranberry Orange Cookies final

Cranberry Orange Cookies final

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies
Cook Time: 15 minutes 12 seconds
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes 12 seconds

These festive cranberry orange cookies are sure to become a holiday favorite!


  • 2 ½ Cups AP Flour
  • ¾ Cups Sugar (divided)
  • ½ Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup Butter (cold and cubed)
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • Zest of 1 Orange
  • 2 Tbsp of Fresh Orange Juice
  • Additional Sugar for coating cookies


    1. Combine cranberries and ¼ cup sugar into the food processor and pulse until broken down into smaller pieces.
    2. Combine flour and remaining sugar in a large bowl.
    3. Cut butter into flour mixture. You want very fine crumbles.
    4. Stir in almond extract, cranberry mixture, orange zest, and orange juice
    5. Knead the dough until it comes together and then form it into a ball. If it is too crumbly, add more orange juice 1 tbsp at a time.
    6. Shape into a log about 2 inches in diameter; wrap in plastic wrap. 
    7. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 72 hours.
    1. Preheat Oven 325° F
    2. Cut slices into ¼ inch thick cookies.
    3. Coat cookies in sugar.
    4. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until set.
    5. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 
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