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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
    December 19, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    These would be wonderful on the holiday dessert table.

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      December 19, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      You are right! Perfect on the dessert table! 🙂

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    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!!!

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      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.

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

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

    • Reply
      December 15, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you!

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    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… 🙂

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      December 16, 2016 at 6:31 am

      So many cookies….so little time!

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    GiGi Eats
    December 14, 2016 at 6:10 am

    WOW – these are some stunningly beautiful cookies!!

    • Reply
      December 16, 2016 at 6:29 am

      Thanks! 🙂

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    December 13, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    These cookies are beautiful! Love the combination! Pinning!

    • Reply
      December 14, 2016 at 4:45 am

      Thanks, Mira!

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    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.

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      December 14, 2016 at 4:46 am

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

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    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.

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      December 14, 2016 at 4:46 am

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

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    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
      December 12, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks, Megan! They are a great holiday cookie!

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    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
      December 12, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      It is a great combination.

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