Cranberry Cookies with Browned Butter Glaze Recipe
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Cranberry Cookies with Browned Butter Glaze Recipe

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I won a baking contest with these chunky glazed cookies that are so easy, even novice bakers can pull them off. What makes them special? Fresh cranberries. —Laurie Cornett, Charlevoix, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:54 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 54 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2-1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 130 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and orange juice. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in cranberries, baking chips and pecans.
  2. Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls 1 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For glaze, in a small heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Heat 5-7 minutes or until golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough water to reach a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand until set. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Cranberry Cookies with Browned Butter Glaze in Taste of Home December 2014, p62

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KristiBenshoof User ID: 4930503 261610
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2017

"These were very good. We enjoyed them for the holidays."

cestmoivraiment User ID: 5274861 257928
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2016

"Very nice cookies. 12 minutes was the correct time for me also. I enjoyed the very tasty glaze on them. Next time I think I will use semi sweet chocolate chips instead of the white chips."

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 257742
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2016

"These were good. I liked the fresh cranberries but unlike some reviewers, I think the cookies definitely need the glaze or else the the cranberries are a little too tart. I baked mine for 12 minutes and one batch was perfect but the other 2 batches were undercooked. Still good though."

AndersGran User ID: 8326757 257388
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2016

"Very very good. I let them bake for 12 minutes and they were perfect. Soft with a good texture. I know when I take these into work they will not last long. I also leave a copy of the recipe for anyone to use. I didn't do the glaze, but I didn't miss it, maybe next time. I also zested the orange and added that to the recipe and it gave it a little more zing I think."

ZHammer User ID: 3586769 215819
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"I think I have a new favorite cookie! I did have to add another two minutes to the baking time. These cookies are moist and flavorful, and although I did use pecans, I think the cookies would be equally good with walnuts. When I made the glaze, I used orange juice instead of water, which added a little extra zing to the glaze. I also increased the amount of the cranberries, although I did not use the entire bag. I have already been asked twice for the recipe. You have to work fast when you drizzle the glaze over the cookies, but then, if I hadn't already slopped some over the edge of the pan, I could have put it back on the burner to warm it again. :)"

tom jones User ID: 264792 214665
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

"These are the best cranberry cookies I have ever made."

Jmontiverdi User ID: 3967850 214348
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014

"Delicious cookies, I had to bake them a little longer to get them light brown"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 214271
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"I tried this recipe for the first time! I did make adjustments to the recipe by substituting eggnog for the milk and I also added 1 Tbsp. ground Navel orange. I DID use 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. baking soda as there WAS 3 cups of flour in this recipe! I DID omit the chopped pecans. I used one 12-oz. package of frozen cranberries which I chopped in my food processor. I used all of the cranberries! I also left the cookies as they were-I did not glaze them! I found the cookies to be very tasty by themselves! I got 5 dozen to about 64 cookies as I used teaspoonfuls of dough on the baking sheets. These cookies are also very colorful with the pieces of cranberry and the white baking chips! Thank you for sharing this recipe with Taste of Home! delowenstein"

gld2bmom User ID: 7191733 197088
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"Fantastic cookies - the tartness of the cranberries and the sweetness of the chocolate are a great combination! I've already been asked to share the recipe!"

Cawest19 User ID: 7124930 121744
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"These are the best cookies ever! I had the pleasure of tasting them (made by Laurie!) several years ago. They are definitely award winning!"

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