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
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
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 equals 90 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 41 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g 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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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."

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"

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."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"This was my favorite new holiday recipe.

They also looked just like the picture. Yum!"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

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

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