- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Reviews for Cran-Orange Icebox Cookies
"They were pretty but mine lacked flavor. Maybe will try orange flavoring."
"Delicious, easy to make cookies. Nice for Christmas."
"I baked these cookies yesterday and I love them. They are not too sweet and the layers are different. I will make these again."
"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"
"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."
"This was my favorite new holiday recipe.They also looked just like the picture. Yum!"
"So tasty and easy to make. These are a do over"
"Subbing the orange for lemon is also very tasty!"