cranberry orange snickerdoodles


Cranberry orange snickerdoodles make a delicious cookie for the holidays!

Snickerdoodles are one cookie I find myself making every year; the pillowy puffs of cinnamon-sugar with slightly crisp edges and soft centers are my idea of cookie heaven. For a seasonal twist, I perfumed the batter with fresh orange zest and folded in plump dried cranberries.

Cranberry Orange Snickerdoodles

The resulting cookies are soft and chewy, doused with cinnamon-sugar and dotted with cranberries. I like to think of them as snickerdoodle clouds and I have a feeling you’ll agree.

Cranberry Orange Snickerdoodles

Cranberry Orange Snickerdoodles

Cranberry Orange Snickerdoodles


Soft and pillowy cranberry orange snickerdoodles make a delicious cookie for the holidays!


  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh orange zest
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

For Rolling

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Place sugar and orange zest in a food processor and pulse for one minute. Beat butter and orange-sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy; beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Fold in dried cranberries. Cover dough and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350Β°F (If cookie dough has chilled overnight, let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before baking). Line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Whisk together sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Scoop 1 1/2-inch balls of dough and dredge in cinnamon-sugar; place two inches apart on prepared baking sheets and flatten slightly.
  3. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 10 to 12 minutes, until edges and tops are set. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Keywords: Cranberry, Orange, Snickerdoodles, Cookies, Holiday Cookies

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    1. Hello, Snickerdoodle Fans,

      I made these this morning and brought them to a work meeting. They are great. Pillowy and cinnamony. The orange and cranberries get one in the holiday spirit.

      Readers may like to know that I cheated and made the dough in my food processor as who can handle dirtying two major appliances. Once I whizzed the sugar and zest, I just kept going with the rest of the ingredients per the recipe.

      Think of a regular snickerdoodle like a favorite pair of jeans, but these snickerdoodles are a little black dress!

      Jill in Seattle from the soon to be launched, Cookies as a Second Language

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