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Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies Recipe

Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies Recipe

I started making these treats after tasting a batch her friend whipped up. I immediately requested the recipe and have been baking them by the dozens ever since. The icing is an ideal complement to the tart berries in the cookies. —Shirley Kidd, New London, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD:30 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 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
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons hot water


  • 1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add milk, egg and orange juice; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in cranberries and nuts.
  • 2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° until golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  • 3. For frosting, heat the butter in a saucepan over low heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes; transfer to a small bowl. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until frosting reaches desired consistency. Frost the cookies. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 202 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 24, 2017

"Have made these twice this year for pot-lucks and everyone raves about them. Thanks for sharing the recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2017

"thought they were awful."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2017

"Have made this cookie recipe 3x times recently and have been delivering them as Christmas goodies (which has resulted in many requests for the recipe). So, I thank you so much:)"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2017

"I have made this exact recipe for over 20 years. Exact ingredients and instructions. I got the recipe from one of those midwest/southern type food magazines. People beg me to make them all the time. In fact my 21 yr old daughter and I are making them right now for her work Christmas party. She's been raving about them and wants them to experience them too."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2017

"These are fantastically different cookies! I'll be making them every Christmas from now on. The picture shows a lot of frosting on the cookies, but one recipe of frosting gave just a thin coating of frosting to less than 2/3's f the cookies. I made another 1/2 recipe and had just barely enough to frost the rest. I'll be making a double recipe of frosting from now on. It is excellent!"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2017

"WOW!! Worthy of every star there is! I accidentally messed up the frosting by using double the amount of vanilla (rookie mistake! I'm still cookie illiterate.), and it was still delicious! Will ABSOLUTELY keep this one around."

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2017

"These were excellent, but there wasn't enough icing for the batch of cookies. I should had read previous reviews first! The cookies that weren't iced...were just plain great also! :-) Thank you."

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2017

"Really like the flavor of this cookie. Will make again and have few bags of cranberries in the freezer for another time. Ninja processor bowl chops cranberries great. I used 2 T. of orange juice concentrate instead of the juice in the dough and gives a stronger orange tang. I also used orange juice concentrate in place of water in the frosting, though I did use a bit of water."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2017

"These are a keeper! Must eat ! They are delicious when you take the cranberries in ninja chopper frozen. They are sooo good! Even cranberry haters love!10*"

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2017

"I've made these cookies for years and I try NOT to make them because I usually eat the most of"

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