Cranberry Orange Cookies | Holiday Recipe Series

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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! 

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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! 

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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! 

Cranberry Orange Cookies


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Cranberry Orange Cookies

  • Author: Rebecca Hicks
  • Total Time: 25
  • Yield: 3 1x


A bright and flavorful holiday cookie that you will love!


  • 1 cup coconut oil, softened*
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce**


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Prep some cookie sheets by lining with parchment paper or spraying with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the coconut oil and sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the orange zest and fresh orange juice and stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring constantly.
  5. Mix in the cranberry sauce and chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop 1 inch rounds of dough onto the prepped cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cookies are firm and golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and cool on the pan for 2 minutes. Gently remove from the pan and finish cooling on a cooking rack.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to a week!


  • *To soften the coconut oil, scoop out 1 cup of the solid coconut oil into a microwave safe dish. Microwave for 10 seconds, or until softened, but not liquid.
  • **Make your own cranberry sauce by boiling 2 cups of fresh cranberries, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water until a thick sauce has formed. Let it cool before adding to the batter.
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 10

Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
Do you like cranberries?
What is your favorite way to make cookies a little healthier?

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  1. Neely says:

    We love cranberries! I am always looking for recipes with them. Made some cran blueberry muffins this week!

  2. Jessica Bradshaw says:

    YUM!! These look great! I love that they are a healthier option. :)

  3. Chrissy Z. says:

    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!

  4. Katie Arnold says:

    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!

  5. Jazzmine Woodard says:

    Love the mix of flavors here and that you’re still using up leftover cranberry sauce!

  6. Taylor Pilkington says:

    I love cranberry and orange ANYTHING so I’ll definitely have to give this recipe a try!

  7. Jenny says:

    These look so yummy! I totally need to give them a try.

  8. Barb says:

    Oh boy, it’s after midnight and now I want a cookie. Great photos. :)

  9. Erin Nichols says:

    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.

  10. Sarah Jean says:

    Becca – these look amazing! I’ve never cooked with coconut sugar but am very curious to try that now.

  11. Stacey Eckert says:

    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!

I'm becca, and I'm so glad you're here.

I'm a sinner saved by grace who loves staying active and eating healthy. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Isaac, and I'm mama to James and an adorable puppy named Lillie.

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