I can’t believe this is my last holiday recipe post for the year! I feel like at some points this holiday season time was moving in slow motion, but now that it’s almost over, all I can think is “where did time go?!”. It’s been an amazing past few weeks, with lots of time with family, many movies and Christmas music, and fun times with my friends and Isaac. It’s truly a magical time of the year! So to end things with a bang, I have a delicious cookie recipe to share with y’all today, and I’m not kidding when I say I could have eaten the entire batch of these Cranberry Orange cookies!
When I think of the best flavor to combine with cranberries, the first thing that comes to mind is orange. My mom has a yummy cranberry orange cake bread she makes during the holidays that is stinking amazing, and I decided to capture those flavors in cookie form.
I packed the cookies full of flavor, with fresh orange juice and orange zest to give it a bright citrus flavor. Then I made some homemade cranberry sauce (I’m all over that stuff this year!) that I mixed in with the cookie batter. And as the finishing touch, I couldn’t resist adding in some white chocolate chips… Because they’re delicious and give the cookie a creamy texture and a little burst of sweetness. The end flavor reminded me a lot of the homemade orange rolls my mom used to make, and I loved the gorgeous color the cranberries added to the cookies!
I also went on the “healthier” route, by subbing some of the ingredients for some better-for-you ones. Now, I’m not saying these are good for you on any count, just that they’re not as bad for you. ; ) I used softened coconut oil instead of butter, coconut sugar instead of refined sugar, and half whole wheat flour. I was so happy with the way these cookies turned out! They were soft and cake-y, bursting with flavor and I kept going back for more. They were even hubby-approved, which is a win in my book!
We love cranberries! I am always looking for recipes with them. Made some cran blueberry muffins this week!
YUM! That sounds so good. I think I’ll have to give that combo a try. Why have I never thought of cranberries and blueberries together before?!
YUM!! These look great! I love that they are a healthier option. :)
Thank you, and so did I! I didn’t feel near as guilty for eating so many of them haha.
These look great and I love that they are healthier! And I feel the same way about the holiday season rushing by all of the sudden!
Thank you Chrissy! They were yummy yummy, for sure. And seriously.. How is it almost a week into January?! I can’t believe it!
Yum! Those sound really good! I made some peanut butter cookies the other day with natural peanut butter, egg whites and a plant-based protein powder. They seriously could not have been any easier to make! And super yummy! (they’re all gone). haha!
Oooh that sounds SO good. I have to give that a try!!
Love the mix of flavors here and that you’re still using up leftover cranberry sauce!
Heck yes! I was a HUGE fan of cranberry sauce this year. I loved the fresh tartness it gave to my meals. Yum!
I love cranberry and orange ANYTHING so I’ll definitely have to give this recipe a try!
You should!! They were so satisfying and delicious… I want some more now!
These look so yummy! I totally need to give them a try.
Yes you should! Let me know if you make them. :)
Oh boy, it’s after midnight and now I want a cookie. Great photos. :)
Hahaha story of my life! And thanks hun. <3
I have to add these to my holiday baking list. I love that they are healthier than every other Christmas goodie I have made. Will make me feel a little less guilty.
Yes! That’s what I love the most about these cookies… They may not be “healthy”, but they sure are better for me than the other crap I eat around the holidays! Did you end up making them? :)
Becca – these look amazing! I’ve never cooked with coconut sugar but am very curious to try that now.
Thanks Sarah! Coconut sugar is awesome! It has a flavor very similar to brown sugar, but isn’t AS bad for you as processed sugar.
I love cranberry sauce + healthy recipes + cookies, so this is right up my alley! We’ve been trying to eat very healthy meals all week in preparation for this weekends madness but it wouldn’t be so hard if I had these cookies to look forward too!
Woohoo! Way to go on eating clean before Christmas weekend! I tried, but it was SO hard. And when we got to my parents, I knew there was no turning back. And let me tell you… I enjoyed it QUITE a lot!