Cran-Orange Icebox Cookies Recipe
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Cran-Orange Icebox Cookies Recipe

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These are a favorite cookie of my family around Christmas. The cran-orange flavor makes special.—Nancy Rollag, Kewaskum, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:64 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 64 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 2/3 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 8 to 10 drops red food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 90 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 41mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Transfer 1 cup dough to a small bowl; stir in orange peel and set aside. Add the cranberries, pecans and, if desired, food coloring; divide in half.
  3. Line an 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan with waxed paper. Press one portion of cranberry dough evenly into pan; top with orange dough, then remaining cranberry dough. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  4. Remove dough from pan; cut in half lengthwise. Cut each portion into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Cran-Orange Icebox Cookies in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2008, p70

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MY REVIEW User ID: 2350474 214378
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014

"I baked these cookies yesterday and I love them. They are not too sweet and the layers are different. I will make these again."

misscoffeepot User ID: 7519492 84446
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"very good. I confess I was a bit lazy, and made them into logs which gave a swirled effect when sliced-but the squares in the picture are what caught my eye. I made 450 cookies for a tea-and the logs were a time saver for me. Crisp, light and so pretty"

mjatchis User ID: 4377389 171281
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"love this recipe. Made it for the first time last year. When I sliced the cookies I used a tomato slicer. Held the dough while I sliced."

Sprowl User ID: 29186 175262
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"This was my favorite new holiday recipe.

They also looked just like the picture. Yum!"

mrsfoxridge User ID: 1140266 155524
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"So tasty and easy to make. These are a do over"

tania7424 User ID: 4740658 209542
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"Subbing the orange for lemon is also very tasty!"

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