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Soft and Chewy Vanilla-Orange Cranberry Cookies

Author: PJ Hamel

Soft and Chewy Vanilla-Orange Cranberry Cookies Recipe Soft and Chewy Vanilla-Orange Cranberry Cookies Recipe

These cookies remain beautifully soft for days, and their flavor is outstanding: bold orange and cranberry, complemented by a hint of aromatic vanilla.

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about 4 dozen cookies
Nutrition information

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line them with parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, orange peel, vanilla, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Beat in the egg. The mixture may look slightly curdled; that's OK.
  4. Add the flour and dried cranberries (or cranberries and nuts), stirring until well combined.
  5. Drop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto the baking sheets, leaving about 1 1/2" between them. A level teaspoon cookie scoop works very well here; dough balls will be about 1 1/4" in diameter. Using the flat bottom of a glass dipped in sugar, flatten the cookies slightly, to a scant 1/2" thick.
  6. Bake the cookies for 6 to 7 minutes, until they're barely set, and a light golden brown around the edges. Don't over-bake; if you do, the cookies will be hard, not soft and chewy. Gently lift one of the cookies and look at the bottom; if you've used parchment, it shouldn't be brown. If you're baking on a dark cookie sheet without parchment, it should be light (not dark) brown.
  7. Remove the cookies from the oven, and cool them right on the pan. If you need a pan to bake the remainder of the cookies, give the cookies about 5 minutes to set before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 35g (2 cookies)
  • Servings Per Batch 24
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 130
  • Calories from Fat 40
  • Total Fat 4.5g
  • Saturated Fat 2.5g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 20mg
  • Sodium 60mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 24g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 15g
  • Protein 1g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.