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Cranberry Cookies with Browned Butter Glaze

I won a baking contest with these chunky glazed cookies that are so easy, even novice bakers can pull them off. What makes them special? Fresh cranberries. —Laurie Cornett, Charlevoix, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4-1/2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2-1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and orange juice. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in cranberries, baking chips and pecans.
  • Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls 1 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For glaze, in a small heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Heat 5-7 minutes or until golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough water to reach a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 130 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Jellybug
    Apr 16, 2019

    My family and I love the cookies, a little tart and sweet is a perfect combination for us. I did have to bake it a little longer than the 10 to 12 minutes the recipe states, nevertheless, I plan to make them again around Thanksgiving. YUM!

  • mkluth
    Feb 25, 2018

    These cookies are AWFUL soft and cake like Going to toss them in the trash

  • KristiBenshoof
    Feb 20, 2017

    These were very good. We enjoyed them for the holidays.

  • cestmoivraiment
    Dec 10, 2016

    Very nice cookies. 12 minutes was the correct time for me also. I enjoyed the very tasty glaze on them. Next time I think I will use semi sweet chocolate chips instead of the white chips.

  • rmbarr059
    Dec 5, 2016

    These were good. I liked the fresh cranberries but unlike some reviewers, I think the cookies definitely need the glaze or else the the cranberries are a little too tart. I baked mine for 12 minutes and one batch was perfect but the other 2 batches were undercooked. Still good though.

  • AndersGran
    Nov 28, 2016

    Very very good. I let them bake for 12 minutes and they were perfect. Soft with a good texture. I know when I take these into work they will not last long. I also leave a copy of the recipe for anyone to use. I didn't do the glaze, but I didn't miss it, maybe next time. I also zested the orange and added that to the recipe and it gave it a little more zing I think.

  • ZHammer
    Dec 24, 2014

    I think I have a new favorite cookie! I did have to add another two minutes to the baking time. These cookies are moist and flavorful, and although I did use pecans, I think the cookies would be equally good with walnuts. When I made the glaze, I used orange juice instead of water, which added a little extra zing to the glaze. I also increased the amount of the cranberries, although I did not use the entire bag. I have already been asked twice for the recipe. You have to work fast when you drizzle the glaze over the cookies, but then, if I hadn't already slopped some over the edge of the pan, I could have put it back on the burner to warm it again. :)

  • tom jones
    Dec 12, 2014

    These are the best cranberry cookies I have ever made.

  • Jmontiverdi
    Dec 8, 2014

    Delicious cookies, I had to bake them a little longer to get them light brown

  • delowenstein
    Dec 7, 2014

    I tried this recipe for the first time! I did make adjustments to the recipe by substituting eggnog for the milk and I also added 1 Tbsp. ground Navel orange. I DID use 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. baking soda as there WAS 3 cups of flour in this recipe! I DID omit the chopped pecans. I used one 12-oz. package of frozen cranberries which I chopped in my food processor. I used all of the cranberries! I also left the cookies as they were-I did not glaze them! I found the cookies to be very tasty by themselves! I got 5 dozen to about 64 cookies as I used teaspoonfuls of dough on the baking sheets. These cookies are also very colorful with the pieces of cranberry and the white baking chips! Thank you for sharing this recipe with Taste of Home! delowenstein