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Cranberry Orange and Pecan Sugar Cookies

Moist and delicious sugar cookies with the aromatic flavor of orange, pecans and optional dried cranberries.

  • Total Time: 20-22 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen cookies 1x


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1 medium orange, zested
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
Optional: 3/4 cup dried cranberries or milk chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Zest orange and add zest (about 1 tbsp) to butter mixture, along with 3-4 tbsp fresh orange juice (squeeze from remaining orange). Beat in eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture, blending it in at a low speed until no streaks of flour remain. Stir in pecan pieces and optional cranberries, etc., if using.
Drop dough onto prepared baking sheet in rounded teaspoonfuls (1-inch balls), leaving about 2 inches between cookies. Bake for 9-12 minutes, until edges of the cookies are lightly browned.
Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


For extra flavor, add an extra teaspoon of orange zest.

  • Author: 9
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Halal


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 140 kcal
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 120mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg

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