Orange Cranberry Crinkle Cookies

IMG_0339 Hiiiiiiiiii.

It’s Monday.

This weekend, I was responsible for finding a chandelier for our dining room and an area rug for our living room. Oh, and keeping my kids alive. But, that’s sort of obvious.

Guess what.

Didn’t happen.

{Not the kids part.} WHY? Because I’m a picky woman. Womp womp. Also, I have no vision. Meaning: I can only see what something is going to look like once it’s rolled out/painted on/hung up. So, that was a fun weekend fail. We still have a tiny rug covering 1/4th of our living room floor and a rather hideous light above our dining table. I shudder and get the heebie geebies every time I see it. Seriously. It’s BAD.

In other news, a cross fit gym opened up pretty darn close to my house and I’m intrigued. WHY? Because I eat cookies all day thus not eliminating my very real and unfortunate jelly belly situation thanks to this little dude. I have family members who eat, sleep and breathe crossfit and they tell me all the wonderful and great things about it, but I think I like cookies too much to enjoy the workouts/make friends. Thoughts? Tell me EVERYTHING.

ANYWAYS, I have a great cookie recipe for you today. Speak of the devil.

These are a festive version of my famous Lemon Crinkle Cookies, just jazzed up with orange and cranberry. Super simple to throw together in only 1 bowl and they have the perfect amount of chewy-yet-tangy goodness. Lovely and light, just how I like my cookies.

Here’s how you make them: IMG_0269 Start by creaming butter and sugar together. I just made these by hand, but a stand mixer would be fine to use too. IMG_0282 Next, stir in an egg, some vanilla, a whole lot of orange zest and a little orange juice too. IMG_0286 It might look a little funky, but this is totes normal. IMG_0290 Now, stir in all your dry ingredients. This is just flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. IMG_0292 Voila! Cookie dough! I seriously could just stop here and eat this with a spoon. I LOVE COOKIE DOUGH. IMG_0296 But, we need to resist and forge ahead. Grab some fresh cranberries. Give them a wash and chop them up pretty fine… IMG_0298 like so! Add them to your cookie dough and give another quick stir. IMG_0306 Then you can scoop the dough into balls and roll in a pile of powdered sugar. IMG_0309 Place the cookies onto your baking sheet and bake for a couple minutes.
IMG_0312 You want them soft…..and crinkly. That was probably a given though. Let these cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack. IMG_0349 One they cool down enough, start shoveling these bad boys straight into your mouth. I love these because the cranberries are slightly tart and make the perfect addition to the orange. Give this simple recipe a whirl today! You will love these soft and chewy treats.

Have a great Monday!

Orange Cranberry Crinkle Cookies

Just like my famous Lemon Crinkle Cookies, but a little more festive for the holidays :)

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen small cookies

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


½ cups Butter, Softened
1 cup Granulated Sugar
½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 whole Egg
Zest of 1 Navel Orange
1 Tablespoon Fresh Orange Juice
¼ teaspoons Salt
¼ teaspoons Baking Powder
⅛ teaspoons Baking Soda
1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
1/2 cup chopped fresh cranberries
½ cups Powdered Sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, orange zest and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Stir in chopped cranberries. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a 2 teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

*If using a non stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.

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23 Responses to “Orange Cranberry Crinkle Cookies”

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — November 25, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Love the orange cranberry combination. I’m the same way when it comes to decorating.


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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 25, 2013 at 5:06 am

    These cookies are so fun! Cranberry anything i perfect for Thanksgiving AND Christmas!


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    Emilee — November 25, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Your lemon crinkle cookies are my favorite cookie in the world. I’m going to a holiday cookie exchange and wanted to bring my favorite cookie, but also wanted to bring something festive. Problem solved! These look delicious.


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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — November 25, 2013 at 7:30 am

    I’ve got 3 bags of fresh cranberries in my fridge right now and I know I’ll have some left after the big day. Perfect timing on this one. They look great! I can’t comment on the CrossFit thing. I’m happy if I can get on my treadmill or over to the track 2 or 3x a week. I think it would kick my behind :)


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    Jenafor — November 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I have been searching for a recipe for a cookie exchange and this looks perfect. Thanks!!


  6. #
    Marti — November 25, 2013 at 11:51 am

    These look great!! Could I please get an invite to your Pinterest board The Best Recipes on Pinterest!. You can find my Pinterest board at

    Thank you so much! Marti


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    Karli — November 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I can’t wait to hear if you try out CrossFit! Gotta try these cookies…and maybe I should add CrossFit to my list too :) Your recipes are delicious and dangerous!


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    Carol Hanshew — November 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    These look so delicious!!! I can’t wait to try them. I took CrossFit for 3 months and I absolutely loved every minute of it. There is no doubt about it – it is INTENSE but totally addictive. You accomplish things you never thought you could (like unassisted pull-ups!) and the results are incredible. All CrossFit boxes offer what they call “basic training” which is a 2-3 week training program that gets you ready for more challenging stuff. What I loved most was the community – when you join a CrossFit box you become family. Everyone encourages each other and supports each other. If you try it my only caution is not to overdo it. :) Be sure and take rest days. Otherwise I say go for it!


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    Phi Kelnhofer — November 27, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Oh man, I made a version of these last night, and they were AMAZING! I think I have a new favorite cookie! And the crinkle is absolutely adorable, and they taste SO good!!!


    • Lauren — November 28th, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

      Glad you liked them :)


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    Jennifer — November 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I was searching for a recipe like this and will be making for a local charity bake sale on Wednesday. Would these freeze well do you think?


    • Lauren — November 30th, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

      I’d recommend freezing the dough and baking the cookies fresh rather than freezing the baked cookies.


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    Jenafor — December 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I have a question, can you uses dried cranberries instead of fresh? I am making them this weekend for a cookie exchange.


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    Denise — December 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I just finished these with dried cranberries (that’s what I had on hand) and they turned out great. Thanks for a “non-chocolate” yet festive and delicious cookie. They are sssooo good!


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    Elreen — December 10, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    These little cookies are the best. I’ve also discovered yummy “Orange Crinkle Cookies”. I left out the cranberries on accident. I had already put a batch in the oven when I saw the chopped cranberries still sitting on the counter. Thanks for a great recipe!


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    Michelle — December 12, 2013 at 7:44 am

    These cookies are absolutely delicious! I brought them to a small cookie exchange I had with my bookclub and they were THE HIT! Everyone loved them and I have had to share the recipe with all of them. My husband demanded I make another batch so we could have some at home as well AND all three of my kiddos liked them. That is the sign of a true crowd pleaser!


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    aggie — November 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I tried these this afternoon and they were a hit! Everyone loved them! Thanks for the recipe :)


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    Lab lover — November 9, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    My husband and I say in unison “these cookies rock!” This is new favorite cookie recipe. All others pale in comparison. My husband says they are better than chocolate chip (wow) Thank you for sharing.


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    Adrienne — December 11, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Just made a lemon variation of these… and they’re to die for! I also replaced half a cup of flour with 1/2 of instant oats. came out amazing! I’ve tried a couple of orange/cranberry cookie recipes that came out too cakey. These were really good, chewy cookies! Thanks again!


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    Meagan — December 23, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Can I make these without the powdered sugar?
    They sound perfect without it!



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