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Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies
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5 from 15 votes

Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies

Sugar cookie with fresh cranberries and orange peel.
Prep Time2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time2 hrs 42 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry cookies, cranberry orange cookies, Holiday cookies, pinwheel cookies
Servings: 50 cookies
Calories: 88kcal
Author: Kathy


  • 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: 1cookie | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg