Iced orange cranberry cookies recipe

Delicious holiday cookies, these orange cranberry cookies are infused with orange zest and dried cranberries, then topped with an easy orange icing and more cranberries.
Iced orange cranberry cookies recipe

December is all about cookie baking! Although, to be fair, cookies are in season year round on this blog. Even so, this time of the year I find myself baking cookies almost every day. Cookies for cookie exchange parties, cookies for my close friends, cookies for the piano teacher, cookies for the gymnastics coach.

I have the feeling most of you are in the same shoes as me. Probably some of you have to bake cookies for the school teachers as well. (I guess I could bake myself some cookies since Tiffany is homeschooled)

Let’s face it! You’re busier than even in the kitchen making cookies for the loved ones! We’re spreading cheer with simple surprises! Iced orange cranberry cookies recipe

Cranberry and orange cookies are a Christmas favorite. I’ve use this combo to make this cake and there will be lots of other sweats shared with you in the future.

These orange cranberry cookies remind me a little about the cranberry bliss bars. They are sweet and buttery, with a hint of citrus from the orange peel and orange extract and packed with dried cranberries.

I have been on the fence about melting white chocolate or use just an easy icing for the cookies. Since I wanted the orange flavor to shine though I left the white chocolate in the cupboard and made a quick icing out of powdered sugar and orange juice.

Chop some dried cranberries and sprinkle on top. Aren’t they festive? No one will know they are made using Betty Crocker® Sugar Cookie mix!

You can find Betty Crocker® cookie mix at your local Walmart.

Here’s a coupon for you to use! Iced orange cranberry cookies recipe

Iced orange cranberry cookies recipe

With a few other ingredients, you can dress up the sugar cookie mix into a scrumptious holiday cookie!

Since I wanted a soft cookie I used butter, cream cheese, an egg and obviously orange rind, orange extract and dried cranberries.

To make these orange cranberry cookies could not be easier. In fact, even Tiffany could make them that’s how easy it is.

You mix together the butter, cream cheese, sugar cookie mix, egg, orange peel and extract until the dough comes together. Fold in the dried cranberries, scoop the cookie dough and bake.

I told you it’s easy! It makes a great afternoon activity in the kitchen with the little ones.

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Orange cranberry cookies recipe

Yields 20 cookies

Delicious holiday cookies, these orange cranberry cookies are infused with orange zest and dried cranberries, then topped with an easy orange icing and more cranberries.

10 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

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  • 1 pouch Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ~ 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • dried cranberries, chopped


  1. Heat the oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the sugar cookie mix, butter, cream cheese, egg, orange peel and orange extract. Beat until the mixture comes together and makes a soft cookie dough.
  3. With a spatula, fold in the dried cranberries.
  4. Using a medium size ice-cream scoop, drop cookie dough on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until puffed and slightly golden.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  6. When cooled, make the icing.
  7. In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar with enough orange juice to make a spreadable icing.
  8. Spoon a little on top of the cookies and let it spread all by itself. Sprinkle chopped cranberries over the cookies.
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Iced orange cranberry cookies recipe

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