Orange Cranberry Meltaway Cookies

Cranberry Orange Meltaway Cookies are soft, tart and sweet! The texture is fantastic and the fresh orange zest and glaze makes these cookies irresistible!

Cranberry Orange Meltaway Cookies

So let me tell you. I am OBSESSED with these cookies. I don’t even know. I mean, I can’t explain. They look pretty innocent…and might I even say a little boring? BUT THEY AREN’T. They are so freaking good!

Today is DAY 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Have you been keeping up? Baking along? Missed the first 9 days? No worries, friends…at the bottom of this post is a recap of the first 9 recipes. They’re all good ones, so they’re worth a look.

But today we have buttery, soft, CRAZY yummy Cranberry Orange Meltaways. They might be my favorite cookie of all 12. I mean, I’ll probably change my mind tomorrow…but TODAY they’re my favorite.
Cranberry Orange Meltaway Cookies

These cookies come together in a just a few quick steps.

First, for these cookies, because I wanted an ultra soft texture, I soaked the dried cranberries in water for just a few minutes before baking. I wanted to plump them up just a bit, so they would be soft, like the cookie!

Cranberry Orange Meltaway Cookies

The cookie dough itself is just a few ingredients…

Cranberry Orange Meltaway Cookies

I used a medium cookie scoop, so they would all be the same shape and size…

Cranberry Orange Meltaway Cookies

When they’re baked, they will look pretty perfect…

Cranberry Orange Meltaway Cookies

But I’ve never been one to say no to a little sweet glaze. And this one is made with powdered sugar and fresh orange juice to add a little tartness!

Cranberry Orange Meltaway Cookies

Trust me on these…you will LOVE them! They are the perfect winter cookie!

Cranberry Orange Meltaway Cookies

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Orange Cranberry Meltaway Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Cookies
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert

Description:

Cranberry Orange Meltaway Cookies are soft, tart and sweet! The texture is fantastic and the fresh orange zest and glaze makes these cookies irresistible!


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups flour

Glaze

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 23 tablespoons orange juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place the dried cranberries in a small bowl and cover with water. Allow them to soak for 5-10 minutes.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in the zest, egg, vanilla, and baking soda. Mix for 1 minutes until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Turn the mixer to low and mix in the flour until just combined.
  5. Drain the cranberries and pat dry. Add the into the dough and stir until evenly incorporated.
  6. Using a medium (2- tablespoon) cookie scoop, portion the dough onto the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden, being careful not to over bake.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  8. Whisk together the powdered sugar and orange juice in a medium bowl. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of the glaze onto each cookie and allow the glaze to set.

Notes:

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days for best freshness.

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Missed any of the first days of the 12 days of Christmas Cookies? heck them all out below!

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Day 1: 3 Ingredient Shortbread

Day 2: Double Chocolate Mocha Cookies

Day 3: Salted Caramel Pinwheel Cookies

Day 4: Perfect Spritz Cookies

Day 5: Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

Day 6: Milk Chocolate Lace Sandwich Cookies

Day 7: Coconut Snowman Cookies

Day 8: Red Velvet Snowball Cookies

Day 9: Soft Molasses Cookies

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Ginger
December 15, 2018 3:18 pm

These are amazing! I seriously want to invite all my neighbors over just to smell my house! So easy, quick and delicious!

Michele
December 5, 2018 7:48 pm

Can you use fresh cranberries?

Amy
November 29, 2018 9:33 am

Help! Mine turned out a little flat. They were still chewy and delicious, but I was looking for a little more rounded cookie. Do you think it’s because I sifted the flour? Year old baking soda? Maybe I should have rolled them in my hands after using the cookie scoop? What do you think?

Jennifer
November 24, 2018 11:12 am

These cookies were delicious! Next time I am going to try salted butter. It seemed like it needed some. These are now going to be one of the cookies we make every Christmas.

Rosa
November 7, 2018 12:47 pm

Hello, can you freeze those cookies?
Thank you

January 17, 2018 12:35 am

awesome tips. cooking is an art. Some feel very proud while cooking. Your writing style also appealing to me.

Sure will back to your site again. Thnaks

Judy G
December 30, 2017 5:25 pm

My granddaughter made these cookies twice . The first time, she followed the recipe. The second time, I asked, “What happens if we substitute half of the sugar with brown sugar?” What happens when you substitute 1/2 cup brown sugar for 1/2 cup white sugar, is that your cookie is more cake-like and more moist. We decided we liked them better with just white sugar. I think they are fine without the glaze.

Becky
December 27, 2017 9:39 am

Made exactly like recipe states. Were delicious! Can they be frozen? Thanks.

Sheetal
December 17, 2017 5:34 pm

Definitely love these cookies!!!! I didn’t like the glaze as much so next time I might try a drizzle of melted white chocolate.

Judith
December 14, 2017 10:24 pm

These were scrumptious! I would make them a little smaller next time and have more cookies. They were great without the glaze but I added it. The glaze was a bit too sweet and the recipe made too much but ultimately a nice addition for the end result. I already have people asking for the recipe.

Michelle
December 14, 2017 9:37 am

These were incredibly good. I didn’t have orange zest and they still turned out amazing. Can’t wait to try again with the zest!
Thank you for the recipe!

Dinaz
December 11, 2017 11:19 pm

Excellent. Added chopped pistachio. Didn’t make the drizzle. Followed Lisa’s suggestion and soaked the cranberries in grand marnier . Boiled till the marnier evaporated. A keeper!

Lisa Darling
December 11, 2017 4:01 pm

Good question from Sharon…how many cookies does it make??

Amati Allsman
December 11, 2019 1:38 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Hello! I don’t have a stand mixer. Do you recommend hand mixing or beaters?

Lisa Darling
December 11, 2017 4:00 pm

I haven’t made these yet – they sound wonderful. I think I am going to warm some Grand Marnier and soak the cranberries in that – instead of water! Grand Marnier is a nice orange liquor, so it may complement the cookie nicely. Will see how they come out.

Sharon
December 11, 2017 2:15 pm

Shelly, how many cookies does this recipe yield? Thank you in advance.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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