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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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Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies

Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies

Sugar cookie with fresh cranberries and orange peel.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 42 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 50 cookies
Calories 88 kcal


  • 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


  • 1 cup cranberries (fresh)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon orange peel (fresh)


For the Dough

  • In a mixing bowl add butter and sugar and mix until fluffy.
  • Mix in vanilla, eggs, and orange peel.
  • Add flour, salt and baking powder. Mix.
  • When dough is well mixed, remove from bowl and form into two discs. 
  • Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour. 

For the Filling

  • In a food processor add cranberries, sugar and orange peel. Process until finely chopped. 

Rolling the Dough

  • Working with one disc of dough at a time, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface into a 10 x 14" rectangle. 
  • Add half the filling mixture on top of the dough leaving a 1/2" border.
  • Carefully roll dough into a log.
  • Place log on a piece of plastic wrap wrap tightly. Place log on a baking sheet. 
  • Repeat with remaining dough and filling. 
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Slicing and Baking

  • Remove logs from refrigerator and remove plastic wrap. 
  • Slice dough into 1/3 - 1/2 inch slices and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. 
  • Remove from baking sheet and cool on a baking rack. 


  • Use fresh cranberries and orange peel from a fresh orange. 
  • 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. 


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 44mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 115IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cranberry cookies, cranberry orange cookies, Holiday cookies, pinwheel cookies
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  • Reply
    [email protected]
    December 12, 2016 at 10:26 am

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

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      December 16, 2016 at 6:41 am

      Thanks, Annie!

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    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!

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      December 16, 2016 at 6:40 am

      I just can’t resist any sort of cookie!

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    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!

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      December 16, 2016 at 6:40 am

      They are a great combination!

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    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!

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      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!

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    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! 🙂

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      December 12, 2016 at 7:40 pm

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

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    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!

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      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!!!

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    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!

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      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!

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    December 11, 2016 at 1:21 pm

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

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      December 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm

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

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    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!

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      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!

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      December 10, 2016 at 7:25 pm

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

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