These might just be my favorite cookies ever. I made them a couple Christmases back and have thought about them frequently ever since. They are a light and delicious sugar cookies with dried cranberries and tons of orange zest. They’re also rolled in a mixture of sugar and orange zest which is what makes them so good. The sugar make them a little crunchy on the outside but they say so soft on the inside. Good stuff.

They are also super simple. My 2 year old and I did made the dough and baked them off in probably 30 minutes, and if you have kids you know everything takes longer with them helping.

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Ingredients

For the cookies:
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest
For the rolling sugar:
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Using an electric mixer, mix butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add to butter mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in cranberries and 1 tablespoon orange zest. Chill dough while you make orange sugar.
  4. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon orange zest. Use your fingers to rub the 2 together until everything is combined and mixture is fragrant.
  5. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in orange sugar. Place on baking sheet and flatten slightly.
  6. Bake 10 - 13 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool on wire racks.
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