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Soft Cranberry-Orange Sugar Cookies

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Soft Cranberry-Orange Sugar Cookies
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 26

Cookie-baking season just isn't complete without a batch of these Cranberry-Orange Cookies! Made with Pillsbury™ sugar cookie dough, cream cheese, dried cranberries and fresh oranges, every bite is sweet, tart and citrusy—the perfect way to brighten up a winter day. MORE+ LESS-

Updated August 27, 2019
Pillsbury Cookie Dough
Make with
Pillsbury Cookie Dough

Ingredients

2
tablespoons granulated sugar
3
teaspoons grated orange zest
1
roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies
2
oz (from 8-oz package) cream cheese, softened
1/3
cup all-purpose flour
1/2
cup chopped dried cranberries
1
cup powdered sugar
4
to 5 teaspoons fresh orange juice

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Line large cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper.
  • 2
    In small bowl, mix granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon of the orange zest until well blended. Set aside.
  • 3
    In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Stir or knead in cream cheese, flour, cranberries and remaining 2 teaspoons orange zest until well mixed. Shape dough into 26 (1 1/4-inch) balls. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Using bottom of floured metal measuring cup, flatten balls into 2 1/2-inch rounds.
  • 4
    Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  • 5
    In medium bowl, stir powdered sugar and 3 teaspoons of the orange juice. Continue adding orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until smooth and thin enough to drizzle; drizzle onto cookies. Immediately sprinkle each cookie with orange-sugar mixture. Store in covered container in refrigerator up to 1 week.

Expert Tips

  • For best results, bake cookies one sheet at a time on the center oven rack.
  • Adding cream cheese to the sugar cookie dough makes these cookies soft and slightly cakey with crisp edges.
  • For more cranberry flavor, top drizzled cookies with finely chopped dried cranberries.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container in single layers between parchment or waxed paper in refrigerator up to 1 week. Cookies can be frozen up to 2 months. To thaw, let stand uncovered at room temperature 1 to 2 hours.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
120
Calories from Fat
35
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
6%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
8%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Sodium
65mg
3%
Potassium
10mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
21g
7%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
14g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

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