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Cranberry Orange Cookies Recipe

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This Cranberry Orange Cookies Recipe is full of that fresh cranberry and fresh orange flavor that we love, but made with simple and dried ingredients! This means that you can make these zesty and delicious cookies any time of the year!

Check out my other Yummy Cookie Recipes that will have you working your way down the recipe list!

If you love cooking and baking with orange zest, these delightful and citrus cookies are calling your name. You’ll also love the homemade glaze that goes on top, too!

Homemade cookies are some of my most favorite desserts to make. I love making the dough, baking them, letting them cool down on the cooling rack, and then diving in and grabbing a cookie for each hand!

Cranberry Orange Cookies Recipe

What I love about this simple cookie recipe is that it’s really easy to do. You’ll even be surprised to find out that there is cottage cheese that is added to this recipe with orange flavors! It’s such a great addition to pair with the dried cranberries because it adds a bit of moisture and fat to the recipe that takes the flavor over the top!

My boys always ask me to make these cookies during the cooler months of the year – and I’d have to agree with their timing. While I’ll always eat them any time I can make them, there is something special about making them during the holiday months.

How long do you need to chill the dough before baking?

This cookie recipe does require chilling the dough for 1 hour once you make it. Since this is an important part of the recipe, make sure that you plan ahead to allow yourself that downtime.

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Make it a Meal:

I love to meal plan – it’s no secret! It’s been a great way for me to plan out the meals for the day and week and keep my sanity at the same time! The rest of the family likes it, too, and thinks that it’s pretty cool that they don’t have to wait for me to make up my mind when they want to know what’s for dinner!

Main Dish: Fast and Simple Stuffed Pepper Soup

Vegetable Side: Asparagus on George Foreman Grill

Starch Side: Apple Kale Salad

Refreshing Drink: Delicious Peppermint Mocktail for Kids

Once you make this Dried Cranberry Cookie Recipe, you’re going to be wanting all the cookies! If your sweet tooth is anything like my sweet tooth, it’s going to be important to have more easy cookie recipes on hand. Here are some of my top favorites sweets and treats that I think you’ll love, too!

Make a batch of these Delicious Peanut Butter Smores Cookies and you won’t be sorry! Literally one of my top favorites!

Get ready to make these Crazy Good Peppermint Fudge Filled Cookies over and over again!

Holy moly! These Cookie Butter Rollups are the best!

I love how easy it is to whip up these Reindeer Cookies!

Make these Snickerdoodle Cookies during the holidays.

My tastebuds go crazy over this Simple Smores Cookie Dough Truffles recipe!

If you’ve never tried my Yummy Turtles Cookies Recipe, now is the time.

Sometimes I stray from my own recipes and change things up. I like to add in white chocolate or dark chocolate chip morsels from time to time, too. I’ve also been known to add in a tablespoon orange juice as well, just because I wanted a tad bit more of that orange flavor.

More Cranberry Recipes:

More Orange Recipes:

You can also make this Delicious Mandarin Orange Muffins Recipe!

Cranberry Orange Cookies Recipe

Cranberry Orange Cookies Recipe

Yield: 48 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

These orange and cranberry flavored cookies are one of my top favorite treats!



  • 2 c all-purpose flour (sifted)
  • 1 c cold butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 c. + 3 tbsp. cottage cheese
  • 1 c dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp orange zest


  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. orange extract
  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 oz butter (softened)


To Make the Cookies

  1. Start by cutting the butter into the flour. The butter pieces should be the size of small peas.
  2. Grab the dried cranberries and stir them into the mixture along with the orange zest and cottage cheese. This should form a ball of dough.
  3. Put in the fridge and let it chill for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Put parchment paper on a baking sheet and roll out the dough so that it's 1/8 inch thick.

    Cut the cookies. I used a 2 1/4 inch cookie cutter to do this. You'll have leftover scraps of dough that you can reroll and cut to make more cookies.
  6. Put them on the baking sheet and add them to the center rack of the oven. Bake for 15 minutes or so.
  7. Take out and put on a wire rack for cooling time.

To Make the Icing

  1. Mix the butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
  2. Add in the extract and powdered sugar and stir.
  3. Stir in a tad bit of water, milk, or orange juice if you need to thin it out.
  4. Use a whisk to drizzle the homemade icing over the top of the cookies.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 2 cookies
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 10/16/2021

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