Delicious and Easy Cranberry Orange Butter Cookies

These cranberry orange butter cookies are soft and chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside, and they will make your home smell amazing when they are baking! Made with fresh orange zest and cranberries, these cookies give off the slightest fragrance of orange, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Prep time: 10 minutes Bake time: 10 minutes Total time: 20 minutes Servings: 30 cookies

Ingredients: 3/4 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

2 cups AP flour

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 tbsp orange zest

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp vanilla

Crystallized sugar coating: 1/2 cup white sugar

1 tbsp orange zest

Instructions:

  1. Line 2 cooking sheets with parchment paper, set aside. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. Soften butter in a microwave safe bowl for 15 seconds, then transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Using a mixer combine butter and sugar until creamy and smooth.
  5. Add in the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture.
  6. Add the cranberries and orange zest to the butter mixture and combine well.
  7. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine well.
  8. Place the cookie dough in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
  9. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tbsp orange zest in a bowl
  10. Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and roll into 1 inch balls and roll each one around in the sugar mixture until each one is well coated.
  11. Place each cookie dough ball 1 inch apart on the cooking sheets and bake for about 10 minutes or until the outside of the cookies are light brown.
  12. Remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack.
  13. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes: Do not overbake these cookies or they will not be soft and chewy on the inside. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for about 5 days, or freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


Amazing Pumpkin Bars with Cinnamon Vanilla Glaze!

These pumpkin bars are soft, moist, and oh so delicious! They are perfect for any holiday family gathering. The best part? They take under an hour to make! Who doesn’t love a super easy and delicious dessert?

Prep time: 5 minutes Bake time: 20 minutes Total time: 25 minutes Servings: 12 bars

Ingredients: 2 cups AP flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cream of tartar

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp nutmeg

4 eggs

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup butter

1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree

2 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp vanilla

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Glaze Ingredients: 1/2 cup powdered cane sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Prepare a 9×13 casserole dish by spraying it with cooking spray or lining with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine brown sugar, white sugar, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl, then add to the wet mixture and combine well.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine well.
  6. Add the walnuts to the batter and combine well.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the center comes out clean. Do not overbake.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool entirely before adding glaze.
  9. While the bars are cooling, combine all of the ingredients for the glaze into a bowl and mix until everything is smooth and spreadable.
  10. Once the bars are cool, take a spoon and drizzle the glaze evenly over the top of the bars.
  11. Cut the bars into squares and serve.

Recipe Notes: Store pumpkin bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These are delicious with the glaze, but also with a cream cheese icing. Do not overbake these otherwise they will become dry. For a healthier option, white sugar may be replaced with coconut sugar and butter may be replaced with coconut oil. You may leave the walnuts out of the recipe and it will not affect the taste.