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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

Orange Cranberry Meltaway Cookies

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

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  • 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.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 212
  • Sugar: 23.7 g
  • Sodium: 44.1 mg
  • Fat: 8.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34.4 g
  • Protein: 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 28.1 mg

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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

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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

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37 comments on “Orange Cranberry Meltaway Cookies”

  1. I purchased the ingredients for this recipe in December but I didn’t get to make them for Christmas. Today I finally made them and they are sooooooo good! I did cut the glaze recipe in half to cut down on the sugar. Also I soaked my dried cranberries in hot water till they were soft.
    Next time I may add some chopped pecans.

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