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Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies

Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies

Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies are a perfect Holiday Cookie!

Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies

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!!! Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies

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 Orange Swirl Cookies

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.

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.

Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies

Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies

5 from 2 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: 24 cookies
Calories: 183 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
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Filling
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon orange peel
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 1/4" slices and place 2" 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

 Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

 

 

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Potassium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Sugars 14g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 4.8%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 4.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    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!

  • 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!

  • 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
    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
    Dawn
    December 12, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Yes, I definitely have my baking on 😉 I was baking a lot this past weekend too and with each batch I had to sample…you know, for quality control 🙂 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
    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! 🙂

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

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

  • 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
    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
    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
    [email protected]
    December 12, 2016 at 10:26 am

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

    These cookies are perfect for the holidays!! I love this cran orange combo 🙂

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

      Thanks, Megan! They are a great holiday cookie!

  • 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
    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 🙂

  • 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
    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! 🙂

  • 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… 🙂

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

      So many cookies….so little time!

  • 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
    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
    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! 🙂

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

    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! 🙂

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