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Cranberry Orange Snickerdoodles

Fresh orange and dried cranberries add seasonal flair to this classic cookie!

How have the holidays been treating you? They’ve been deliciously decadent over in my tiny kitchen!

This year, I decided to switch up one of my favorite cookie recipes, and the results were absolutely fantastic!

Cranberry Orange Snickerdoodles in a tin.

These cookies are super soft and fluffy. There are just enough little bits of cranberry to add a burst of sweetness every few bites, and the orange flavor goes beautifully with the cinnamon.

These were a big hit with my family, friends and my husband’s co-workers! They will definitely be going into the regular cookie rotation.

Cranberry Orange Snickerdoodles in a tin.

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A tin of cranberry orange snickerdoodles with orange slices alongside.

Cranberry Orange Snickerdoodles

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli (adapted from All Recipes)
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 44 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Fresh orange and dried cranberries add seasonal flair to this classic cookie!


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  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, eggs, orange zest, vanilla and orange extract. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Gently stir in cranberries until just combined.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls (I use a #50 cookie scoop) and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Using a spatula, immediately remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!


Adapted from Allrecipes


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 108
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 45.9 mg
  • Fat: 4.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 14 mg

Keywords: snickerdoodle, Christmas cookies, holiday baking, cranberries

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Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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