Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Orange Cookies

DAY 7: Cranberry Orange Cookies

Dried cranberries and orange zest give a nice tartness to this Christmas cookie. The cookies are rolled in orange sugar before baking for an extra zing!

Cranberry Orange Cookies 2

RECIPE:

Cranberry Orange Cookies

  • Servings: Makes about 3 dozen cookies
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Cranberry Orange Cookies 2

¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
½ Tbs cornstarch
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup (about 5 oz) dried cranberries, finely chopped
1 Tbs orange zest

Orange Sugar:
½ cup sugar
1 Tbs orange zest

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until just combined. Fold in cranberries and 1 Tbs orange zest.

In a small bowl, mix together ½ cup sugar and 1 Tbs orange zest. Use your fingers to rub the mixture until well combined.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in orange sugar. Place on baking sheets and flatten dough slightly with the palm of your hand. Bake for 10 – 11 minutes or until barely browned at the edges. Cool on wire racks.

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