Vanilla Orange Cranberry Cookies

Vanilla Orange Cranberry Cookies

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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Vanilla Orange Cranberry Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter 8 tablespoons
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • grated peel of 1 medium to large orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups dried cranberries; or a mixture of dried cranberries and toasted chopped walnuts or pecans
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.

Recipe courtesy and reprinted with permission of King Arthur Flour