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Cran-Orange Cookies Recipe

A sweet orange frosting pairs well with the tart cranberry flavor in these soft, cake-like cookies.—Crystal Jo Bruns, Iliff, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling YIELD:72 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • ICING:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, orange juice and peel. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in cranberries and walnuts.
  • 2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. Combine icing ingredients; spread over cooled cookies. Yield: 6 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 72 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 45 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.