Moist, Soft Cranberry Orange Cookies

by Sherry Riter in Cooking  ,Dessert,Food,Recipe

I always equate bright red cranberries as being something on a festive holiday table. Of course, part of the reason is that that I love the color red because it is so exciting. Big surprise, huh?

Anyway, after sharing my last cranberry recipe, I knew that I had to share this cookie recipe also.

Moist, Soft Cranberry Orange Cookies

The Moist, Soft Cranberry Orange Cookies are delicate and fluffy cookies.
I will show you three ways to eat them,
but let’s bake them first and then we will get to snarfing them down.

Start by finely chopping fresh, uncooked cranberries.
This can be done by hand, but a food processor makes the task a breeze.

Combine the brown sugar,

butter and

white granulated sugar in a mixing bowl.

I beat the mixture for about 3 minutes.
It will become lighter and fluffier.

Add orange zest and

an egg to the mixture.

Beat on high for 3 more minutes.

Squeeze the juice from an orange and

add it to the mixture and beat for a minute.

Add flour and

spices

to the bowl.
Mix the spices a little into the flour with a spoon or
combine them together in a separate bowl before adding to the batter.
Beat for 2 more minutes.

Add vanilla and beat until combined.

Chop the walnuts into small pieces.
You can do this in a food processor,
but you can also pour them into a bag
and hit them with the edge of a glass or bowl.

Add the nuts and cranberries to the mixture.
Combine well for at least 2 minutes.

Add oats.

Combine quickly for at least 2 minutes.

Drop by tablespoon fulls onto a baking sheet.

After baking the cookies,
you have three options:

Number One -
Leave the cookies plain.

Number Two -
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and
drizzle a thin glaze over the top of each hot cookie.
The glaze is made with powdered sugar
and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Number Three –
Ice with a thicker version of number 2 by
mixing powdered sugar with a tiny bit of fresh orange juice.

By making the icing thick,
it will dry medium hard so that the cookies can be loosely stacked.

I took the cookies to the men at work to find out which way they thought the cookie tasted best.
It was unanimous…
the powdered and glazed cookies
let the flavor of the cranberry shine like a star.

I agreed that the glazed cookies tasted the most delicious,
but if you want a big bang of sugar,
ice the cookies.

You know how I am with sugar.

My own pictures make me salivate and drool.
The cookies are light, fluffy, moist, soft and have a delicate flavor.
Let’s put it this way….
I didn’t have to twist anyone’s arm to make them eat the cookies.
I won’t even tell you how many cookies I ate when they were hot and fresh out of the oven.
Let’s just say that the oozing and dripping sugar
was too hard to resist.

Please wipe up your drool before you leave my blog.
Thank you.
(wink)

Moist, Soft Cranberry Orange Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter , softened
1 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
3 teaspoons grated orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 1/2 cups whole, fresh cranberries, measure then chop
1/2 cup oats

Glaze or Icing:
1/2 to 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 to 4 tablespoons orange juice
1 to 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Finely chop fresh, uncooked cranberries. This can be done by hand, but a food processor makes the task a breeze.

Combine the brown sugar, butter and white granulated sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat the mixture for about 3 minutes. It will become lighter and fluffier.

Add orange zest and an egg to the mixture. Beat on high for 3 more minutes.

Squeeze the juice from an orange and add it to the mixture and beat for a minute.

Add flour and spices to the bowl. Mix the spices a little into the flour with a spoon or combine them together in a separate bowl before adding to the batter. Beat for 2 more minutes.

Add vanilla and beat until combined.

Chop the walnuts into small pieces. You can do this in a food processor, but you can also pour them into a bag and hit them with the edge of a glass or bowl.

Add the nuts and cranberries to the mixture. Combine well for at least 2 minutes.

Add oats. Combine quickly for at least 2 minutes.

Drop by tablespoon fulls onto a baking sheet. Bake for 14 minutes.

After baking the cookies, you have three options:

Number One – Leave the cookies plain.

Number Two – Sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle a thin glaze over the top of each hot cookie. The glaze is made with powdered sugar, orange zest and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Number Three – Ice with a thicker version of number 2 by mixing powdered sugar and orange zest with a tiny bit of fresh orange juice. By making the icing thick, it will dry medium hard so that the cookies can be loosely stacked.

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TJ December 14, 2011 at 11:54 pm

THEY are beautiful Sherry. Your pictures are wonderful . I am so proud of you, my little Martha Stewart. Thank you for being you.

mom

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Skip_D December 15, 2011 at 7:00 am

They look amazing! My mouth is definitely watering!

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crystal jay February 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

thank you for this recipe, my grandma and i used to make cookies just like this, i cant wait to bake her some. =]

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Diana Rambles March 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm

These look amazing!!

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Sherry Riter March 24, 2013 at 10:54 pm

:D Thank you! They taste amazing!

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