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These chewy cranberry orange cookies are so addictive, you can’t stop at just one.
Cranberry Orange Cookies
You love the flavors in the quick bread and now enjoy the same cranberry orange flavor in a cookie!
The basic batter can be used for any multitude of flavors and/or add-ins. That’s a real timesaver at holiday time. One basic batter, many different cookies. You can’t beat that.
And yes, they’re eggless.
The Secret Of Chewy
It’s not much of a secret once you know it! You can make any cookie chewy by doing just one thing: adding a teaspoon of cornstarch to every cup of flour called for. That’s it in a nutshell.
I like chewy cookies–always have–but especially now that my teeth are failing me. Crispy and dense is an accident waiting to happen (at least right now for me), so I love using this little trick with my cookies.
Since you can make any multitude of flavors just using this basic batter, anything you want to not have the chewy texture, merely leave the cornstarch out of the batter. It’ll work.
Better With Age
As if being delicious and easy wasn’t enough, these cookies get better as they sit.
Naturally, that’s because the essential oils in the orange zest need to mellow to get great flavor. So try very hard not to eat all of them the first day. That’s going to be hard, but trust me on this one. They’ll be better the day after. They’re also a good keeper as long as they’re stored air-tight. My best guess is they’ll last about a month stored that way. As I said, it’s a guess because I’ve never had these hanging around that long. In a couple of days, they’re usually solid gone!
Chewy Cranberry Orange Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 tbs grated orange zest
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp corn starch
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries i.e. Craisins
- Preheat oven. To 350F/180C. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment
- Beat cream cheese, butter and sugars until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla and orange zest, beat to combine.
- Mix the flour, salt, soda and corn starch and add to the cream cheese mixture, mixing until just combined. Do not overmix.
- Fold in the dried cranberries.
- Drop by heaping tablespoonful onto prepared sheets, spacing about 1-in/2.5cm apart.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges just begin to become golden brown. Leave on the sheets for about a minute, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
- Makes about 18-24 cookies.