Cranberry Orange Vanilla Cookies
I am sharing this cranberry orange vanilla cookies recipe in partnership with Krusteaz, for whom I am proud to be a brand ambassador. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.
It’s holiday cookies baking time!! It’s seriously one of my favorite things about the holidays. Every year, I bake dozens of cookies to ship to friends and family, and I try two or three new recipes each year. Although this year, my husband insists I bring back the ginger molasses cookies from two years ago, and my father-in-law already put in a request for these homemade peppermint marshmallows. But I will still add new cookies to my holiday boxes, and these cranberry orange vanilla cookies are a great contender.
After using cranberries in these cranberry thyme sparklers, it was about time I added some into some baked goods. After all, the tart addition of cranberries to baked goods like cookies, muffins, or cupcakes always balances off the sweetness.
These cookies start with one of my favorite cookie box mixes; Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix. The soft buttery cookie is great on its own, and I usually just have it that way, but it was a great blank canvas to add some seasonal flavors to. With fresh cranberries, orange zest, juice, and an optional white chocolate chip addition, these cookies will bring the holiday cheer to anyone you share them with.
Who am I kidding, they are going into my holiday cookie jar! And I hope you try them too. Be sure to grab the RECIPE over on Krusteaz.com, where I share it with their readers.
Cranberry Orange Vanilla Cookies
These are perfect for any holiday cookie box!
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- zest of 1 medium orange (~1 tablespoon)
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- I box Krusteaz butter vanilla sugar cookie mix or any vanilla sugar cookie mix
- ½ cup fresh cranberries
- (optional: 1/3 cup white chocolate chips)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk together the egg, butter, orange zest, and orange juice in a large bowl. Add in the cookie mix and mix until combined and dough forms.
- Fold the fresh cranberries into the dough.
- Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop out cookie dough and place 2-inch apart on the prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake cookies until the cookies are lightly golden, about 8-10 minutes.
- Let cool on a wire rack before enjoying!
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It’s hard when everyone wants the traditional cookies and you want to experiment and make new ones, isn’t it? These look like a delicious addition to the Christmas cookie list — I just love cranberry and orange!
Z, I looooooovvveeeee this flavor combo!!!!! checking out the recipe now!
Orange and cranberry sounds like a yummy combination perfect for the holidays!
I love them together and these cookies are definitely festive!
Cranberry and orange are seriously the best! They toe the tart/sweet line SO well 🙂
Oh yum! What a lovely combo. Never thought of combining all these using Krusteaz cookie mix. Love this!
YES! The mixes are always a great place to start with ideas.
I just love that you used fresh cranberries instead of dried — I’ve never seen that before! I love how the burst and get all juicy!
I love using the fresh ones…always a juicy burst of flavors in cookies.
Hooray for holiday cookies!! Love the cranberry and orange flavors you’ve got going here, Zainab! I’ve never tried Krusteaz’s vanilla sugar cookie mix before, but it sounds lovely! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Thanks Lisa. I hope you grab a box of this mix and give it a try.
I know you are like THE favorite daughter in law! 🙂 I LOVE this combination Zainab! Keep’m coming! 🙂
Lol!! I am the only daughter-in-law since my husband is the only son 🙂
Cranberry orange is such a great combination! Perfect for gift giving!
Cranberry and orange is such a classic combination! These cookies would make a wonderful holiday gift.
They would! I am going to include them in my cookie boxes.
Oh em gee, made with vanilla sugar cookie mix? I love!!!
YES!! So easy!
I will definitely have to try these cookies too 😀 such a yummy combination of orange and cranberries!