Cranberry Orange Cookies | Holiday Recipe Series

Cranberry Orange Cookies - A Healthier Holiday Recipe | read more at happilythehicks.com

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! 

Cranberry Orange Cookies - A Healthier Holiday Recipe | read more at happilythehicks.com

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! 

Cranberry Orange Cookies - A Healthier Holiday Recipe | read more at happilythehicks.com

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

Cranberry Orange Cookies
Yields 3
A bright and flavorful holiday cookie that you will love!
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup coconut oil, softened*
  2. 1 cup coconut sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1 Tbsp orange zest
  6. 2 Tbsp orange juice
  7. 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  8. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  9. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  10. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  11. 1/2 tsp salt
  12. 1 cup white chocolate chips
  13. 1 cup cranberry sauce**
Instructions
  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!
Notes
  1. *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.
  2. **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.
Happily the Hicks https://happilythehicks.com/

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?

Cranberry Orange Cookies - A Healthier Holiday Recipe | read more at happilythehicks.com

share this post

What do you think

  1. Neely

    December 21st, 2016 at 9:21 am

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

  2. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 5th, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    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?!

  3. Jessica Bradshaw

    December 21st, 2016 at 9:42 am

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

  4. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 5th, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you, and so did I! I didn’t feel near as guilty for eating so many of them haha.

  5. Chrissy Z.

    December 21st, 2016 at 11:25 am

    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!

  6. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 5th, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you Chrissy! They were yummy yummy, for sure. And seriously.. How is it almost a week into January?! I can’t believe it!

  7. Katie Arnold

    December 21st, 2016 at 11:57 am

    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!

  8. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 5th, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Oooh that sounds SO good. I have to give that a try!!

  9. Jazzmine Woodard

    December 21st, 2016 at 6:19 pm

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

  10. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 5th, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Heck yes! I was a HUGE fan of cranberry sauce this year. I loved the fresh tartness it gave to my meals. Yum!

  11. Taylor Pilkington

    December 21st, 2016 at 7:57 pm

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

  12. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 5th, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    You should!! They were so satisfying and delicious… I want some more now!

  13. Jenny

    December 21st, 2016 at 9:37 pm

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

  14. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 5th, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Yes you should! Let me know if you make them. :)

  15. Barb

    December 22nd, 2016 at 12:50 am

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

  16. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 5th, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Hahaha story of my life! And thanks hun. <3

  17. Erin Nichols

    December 22nd, 2016 at 9:52 am

    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.

  18. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 5th, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    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? :)

  19. Sarah Jean

    December 22nd, 2016 at 12:21 pm

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

  20. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 5th, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    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.

  21. Stacey Eckert

    December 22nd, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    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!

  22. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    January 5th, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    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!

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.

MORe

I'M BECCA, AND I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE.

healthy living blogger

EULESS TEXAS

%d bloggers like this: