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Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies

December 10, 2016 (Last Updated: November 10, 2019)

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Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies are a perfect Holiday Cookie!

Cookies filled with chopped cranberries on a plate.

Do you have your holiday baking on? I have been baking like crazy every weekend….and eating all these yummies too! Yikes!!  I love to bake and I love to bake holiday cookies!!! Slice cookie dough on a white surface.

Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies are pure deliciousness! This is a  sugar cookie dough with added orange peel and a fresh cranberry and orange filling!

Cranberry cookie dough sliced on a board.

This recipe is adapted from Better Homes and Gardens. I have added orange peel to the filling and eliminated the nuts.

I don’t usually mind nuts in cookies, but I only wanted the flavor of the fruits this time. These cookies are bursting with freshness from the orange and the cranberries.

A plate filled with three cookies.

Making cranberry orange swirl cookies

You need a bit of planning when making these cookies. They take a bit of time. They don’t take a lot of actual hands on time, but these require two different chillings of the dough. If you have a full day of cookie baking planned, start these first and get the dough into the fridge.

Cookie dough logs wrapped in plastic wrap.

Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies on a cookie sheet ready for the oven.

Equipment I used to make these cookies

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5 from 9 votes
Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies
Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 42 mins
 

Sugar cookie with fresh cranberries and orange peel.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry cookies, cranberry orange cookies, Holiday cookies, pinwheel cookies
Servings: 50 cookies
Calories: 88 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tablespoon orange peel fresh
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Filling
  • 1 cup cranberries fresh
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon orange peel fresh
Instructions
For the Dough
  1. In a mixing bowl add butter and sugar and mix until fluffy.

  2. Mix in vanilla, eggs, and orange peel.

  3. Add flour, salt and baking powder. Mix.

  4. When dough is well mixed, remove from bowl and form into two discs. 

  5. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour. 

For the Filling
  1. In a food processor add cranberries, sugar and orange peel. Process until finely chopped. 

Rolling the Dough
  1. Working with one disc of dough at a time, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface into a 10 x 14" rectangle. 

  2. Add half the filling mixture on top of the dough leaving a 1/2" border.

  3. Carefully roll dough into a log.

  4. Place log on a piece of plastic wrap wrap tightly. Place log on a baking sheet. 

  5. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. 

  6. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Slicing and Baking
  1. Remove logs from refrigerator and remove plastic wrap. 

  2. Slice dough into 1/3 - 1/2 inch slices and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.

  3. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. 

  4. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a baking rack. 

Recipe Notes
  • Use fresh cranberries and orange peel from a fresh orange.Β 
  • Dough may be frozen after formed into logs. Double wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to one month. To use, allow dough to thaw, then slice and bake according to directions.Β 
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 88 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 44mg2%
Potassium 15mg0%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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72 Comments

  • Reply
    Catherine
    December 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious and pretty. Definitely worth the effort!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 6, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Julie Parker
    December 3, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve made 2 batches of these so far; they are a total hit, even with people who say they don’t like cranberries. I’ve been asked to “please make more soon.” Now it’s after Thanksgiving & the stores aren’t carrying fresh cranberries. Has anyone tried using craisins or the new “baking cranberries?”

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 3, 2019 at 6:42 pm

      Hi Julie,
      I’m so glad everyone loved these! I have only made these with fresh cranberries!
      Kathy

      • Reply
        Julie Parker
        December 6, 2019 at 7:20 pm

        It worked with the craisins just fine; I squeezed one of the oranges into the filling to add the missing moistness.

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          Kathy
          December 7, 2019 at 7:23 am

          That’s awesome! We can make these year round and not have to wait just for cranberry season! Thanks for giving it a try and letting me know! πŸ™‚

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    Joanne St-Jean
    November 28, 2019 at 5:03 am

    5 stars
    Wow .. I made these yesterday and when my husband came back from work he wanted to try β€˜just one’!! Lol .. you can imagine what happened next. These are easy to make and are delicious. I am starting my second and third batch this morning, and I’m sure when my children come at Christmas there will be none left. I wish I could post a photo, but not able to on this site.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 28, 2019 at 5:04 am

      Hi Joanne,
      Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment! These are one of our favorite cookies and I’m so glad you love them too!
      Happy baking!
      Kathy

  • Reply
    Mel
    November 27, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    5 stars
    Just made two batches of these- one with regular flour and the other with gluten free flour (brown rice, white rice, arrowroot starch, and tapioca starch)- both versions came out fantastic! Great recipe!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 27, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks, Mel! These are one of my favorites. It’s great to know these can be made gluten free too! Thanks for giving it a try and letting me know it worked out! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Jane
    November 10, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    5 stars
    I just made these and they are my new favorite cookie! The entire family loved these cookies. I will be making them again to give out to our neighbors!

  • Reply
    Deb
    November 10, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Recipe indicates yield 24 cookies, but 14inch at 1/4 inch slice times two logs is way more than 24 cookies. Am I miss reading something?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 10, 2019 at 7:08 am

      Deb,
      Thanks for catching that! I have adjusted the correct measurements and yield in the recipe. I usually cut 1/2 inch and get around 50 cookies per batch. The cookies can be cut a bit thinner to get an even higher yield.
      Thank you and happy baking! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Nikki
    November 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Hello! Can I use frozen cranberries? Do you use fresh orange peel or the dried Stuff?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 8, 2019 at 4:21 am

      Hi Nikki,
      You can use frozen cranberries. Allow the berries to thaw before using. The orange peel is from a fresh orange.
      – Happy baking! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Karen P.
    November 6, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Thinking of adding these to my Christmas cookie list. The cranberries used are the whole ones in the produce dept? Not craisins…right? No other prep for the cranberries like cooking…

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Karen,
      These cookies use the fresh whole cranberries you find in the produce section. And no pre-cooking of the cranberries, just chop them finely in a food processor.
      Happy Baking!

  • Reply
    Teresa
    November 5, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Can you freeze the rolls to bake later?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 5, 2019 at 5:54 pm

      Hi Teresa,
      Yes, you can freeze the rolls before baking. Double wrap each roll and place in a freezer safe bag (if they will fit). Freeze for up to one month. Allow cookies to fully thaw, then slice and bake. Happy Baking!

      • Reply
        Teresa
        November 8, 2019 at 7:34 am

        Thank you! I can’t wait to try these.

        • Reply
          Kathy
          November 9, 2019 at 6:16 am

          Enjoy!

      • Reply
        Priya S
        December 5, 2019 at 6:45 pm

        5 stars
        How long will these keep once baked? How do you best store them?

        • Reply
          Kathy
          December 5, 2019 at 7:33 pm

          Hi Priya,
          These cookies are best eaten in 2-3 days after baked. Allow cookies to fully cool and then place in an airtight container. I have also frozen the unbaked logs and then allowed to thaw and then baked. I do this when I want fresh baked cookies, but don’t have all the time to prepare them.
          Happy Baking!
          Kathy

          • Priya S
            December 6, 2019 at 6:54 am

            Thank you for the quick response!

  • Reply
    Rachael
    February 27, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Hi! I have a question that has befuddled me for a long time.
    I am definitely not a cookie baker. I’m more the type who focuses on sponge – cakes, cupcakes, cakepops. Sugar work, candies …. etc.
    Thus, cookies kinda scare me lol.
    So my question is – rolling the dough – which direction do we go? Every time I watch a baking competition on TV (every night lol), I’m generally just as confounded as the bakers when it comes to this question. Ummm… the long way? Or the short way? AND does it differ per recipe? (Lord NO! Lol)
    For this particular recipe, do we start at the 14” side and roll that way? So the log would end up being 14” wide? Yes?
    Or should it be 10” in the end?
    Most times it’s not specified, leading me to believe there’s some standard (?) I’m unaware of. Like – always go with the longest side. Or ….. ??
    Thanks for any clarity you can shed!
    Rachael 🧁 πŸ˜‰

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 27, 2019 at 7:32 pm

      Hi Rachael,
      Thanks for a great question! You can roll it either way. If you roll it with the shorter side, you will end up with larger round cookies. If you roll the longer side you will end up with smaller round cookies and you will have more cookies! I usually roll so my log ends up as long as possible – so I place the longer side on the bottom and top. Then I start at the bottom and roll up. My log will end up 14″ long when done this way.
      Good luck making cookies! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Emilie Ahern
    December 15, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    5 stars
    I have made 12 dozen of these this month alone!! They are so good! We like them exactky how you wrote the recipe and also love dipping one cut-side in chunky sugar crystals before baking. It adds nice texture and shine!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 16, 2017 at 7:34 am

      You are on a cookie baking spree! I love the idea of dipping into sugar! πŸ™‚

      • Reply
        Julie Parker
        December 3, 2019 at 6:34 pm

        5 stars
        I sprinkled the sugar crystals over the slices.

        • Reply
          Kathy
          December 3, 2019 at 6:42 pm

          You can’t go wrong with a little extra sugar! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Sasha @ Eat Love Eat
    December 20, 2016 at 4:08 am

    These cookies look and sound delicious! You just can’t beat the cranberry-orange combo!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 20, 2016 at 4:41 am

      They are really delicious!

  • Reply
    Erin
    December 19, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    These would be wonderful on the holiday dessert table.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 19, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      You are right! Perfect on the dessert table! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    December 15, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Beautiful swirl cookies Kathy! These would really complete any Christmas cookie tray. Ughhhh, well I’m trying to bake more here since my girls love it but when I’m finished with dinner I feel like I have zero extra energy. But kids LOVE to bake so I’m trying to motivate myself and you do get a really tasty reward!!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 16, 2016 at 6:29 am

      The best thing about baking cookies is the tasty reward! I bake in the morning so I have plenty of energy.

  • Reply
    Citra Kale @Citra's Home Diary
    December 15, 2016 at 6:26 am

    It’s awesome… great recipe to try… thx for sharing

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 15, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Adina
    December 14, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Irresistible cookies! I love making cookies as well, I always have a long list ready at the beginning of December and try to bake my way through it. Always some classics and then several fresh ideas. And with all these amazing blogs around, the list gets longer every day… πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 16, 2016 at 6:31 am

      So many cookies….so little time!

  • Reply
    GiGi Eats
    December 14, 2016 at 6:10 am

    WOW – these are some stunningly beautiful cookies!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 16, 2016 at 6:29 am

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    mira
    December 13, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    These cookies are beautiful! Love the combination! Pinning!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 14, 2016 at 4:45 am

      Thanks, Mira!

  • Reply
    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    December 13, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    I saw these from you on instagram first and I was drooling, this recipe is a keeper. Cranberry and orange is a magical combination! Delicious. Take care.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 14, 2016 at 4:46 am

      I love the combination….could be why I have so many recipes with orange and cranberry πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    December 13, 2016 at 9:19 am

    There is something I love about this combination of cranberry and orange. They go so perfectly well together. They will make an awesome holiday gift.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 14, 2016 at 4:46 am

      They do make a great gift…unless you eat them all before giving them away!

  • Reply
    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    December 12, 2016 at 10:55 am

    These cookies are perfect for the holidays!! I love this cran orange combo πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 12, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks, Megan! They are a great holiday cookie!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    December 12, 2016 at 10:51 am

    They look adorable, Kathy, plus their flavor is delicious! You can’t go wrong with cranberry and orange!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 12, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      It is a great combination.

  • Reply
    annie@ciaochowbambina
    December 12, 2016 at 10:26 am

    5 stars
    Oh boy – this is a perfect holiday cookie! Love the combination of flavors here, Kathy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 16, 2016 at 6:41 am

      Thanks, Annie!

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    December 12, 2016 at 10:16 am

    I can’t ever resist the combination of orange and cranberry folded into buttery dough!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 16, 2016 at 6:40 am

      I just can’t resist any sort of cookie!

  • Reply
    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    December 12, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Yum, these look so great. I love cookies with swirls in them – cranberry and orange are delicious together!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 16, 2016 at 6:40 am

      They are a great combination!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    December 12, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I have been baking like crazy, and I have no plans of slowing down! The combination of cranberries and oranges is absolutely one of my favs, so I love that you used it in cookies!!! These swirl cookies are just gorgeous! I could easily eat a few dozen! Cheers, friend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 12, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      No need to slow down the baking! Christmas is just a few days away…in fact, I think I need to bake more!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    December 12, 2016 at 5:44 am

    How fun are these cookies!? I love the orange + cranberry combo during the holidays…and the swirl just takes these to a whole new level. I definitely need to add these to my holiday baking lineup! πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 12, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Oh yeah!!! These are a must for holiday baking!

  • Reply
    Dawn
    December 12, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Yes, I definitely have my baking on πŸ˜‰ I was baking a lot this past weekend too and with each batch I had to sample…you know, for quality control πŸ™‚ These look so beautiful! Love the combination of cranberry and orange. Sounds wonderful! I bet the extra effort is worth it! Pinned! Happy Monday!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 12, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Quality control is an important step with cooking. Don’t be tempted to abandon the tasting! Taste on!!!

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    December 11, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Kathy – I love these cranberry swirl cookies. So festive and pretty! I haven’t started my Christmas cookie baking yet. I’ve only made sugared pecans and sugared cranberries so far. I would love to add these these cookies to my baking list! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      My problem is I keep baking and eating them all! I need to bake again just so I can have a wonderful variety of holiday cookies to serve!

  • Reply
    Sues
    December 11, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Loving the cranberry orange flavor combination and these cookies are just so pretty!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      They make a great presentation and they are truly bursting with orange!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    December 11, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Oh my goodness! If these gorgeous cookies don’t say holiday baking, I don’t know what does! Pinned!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks, Rachelle! They are indeed a perfect holiday cookie!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    December 10, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I love the cranberry orange combo Kathy. I’ve been sampling way too many cookies this season too. It’ll be the gym all January long for me! But for now, I’ll just enjoy these cookies!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 10, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      I just can’t resist all these yummy treats now!

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