Cranberry Nut Swirls

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling


about 3-1/2 dozen

Updated: Sep. 09, 2022
This recipe originated with my sister-in-law. It gets used a lot over the holidays when we want to pull a fast one on the guys in our family. They claim they don't like cranberries in any shape or form, but everyone enjoys these. —Carla Hodenfield, Ray, North Dakota
Cranberry Nut Swirls Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely ground cranberries
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk


  1. Combine butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl occasionally. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture, beating well. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  2. Combine cranberries, walnuts and orange zest; set aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 10-in. square. Combine brown sugar and milk; brush over dough. Sprinkle with cranberry mixture to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up tightly, jelly-roll style. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate until firm, several hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on well-greased baking sheets. Bake until edges are light brown, 14-15 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 65 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 37mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.