cranberry orange snickerdoodles

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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.

Perfect Cranberry Orange Snickerdoodles

  • Chill the dough for at least 4 hours before baking, or up to overnight
  • Spray a cookie scoop with nonstick spray to scoop the dough (re-spray as necessary to keep the dough from sticking)
  • Form 1 1/2-inch balls of dough and roll in cinnamon-sugar
  • Once all the dough is rolled in cinnamon-sugar, coat a second time in cinnamon-sugar
  • Arrange the balls of dough 9 per baking sheet, gently pressing the tops to flatten slightly
  • Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through, baking until tops and edges are set
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely

Make Ahead Snickerdoodle Cookies

To make these cookie in advance, simply roll dough into balls and freeze on a baking sheet for 1 hour, then transfer to an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Just before baking, roll the cookie dough in cinnamon-sugar and bake as directed, adding 1-2 minutes to baking time.

Freeze Snickerdoodle Cookies

To freeze baked cookies, allow them to cool completely on a wire rack. Freeze flat on a baking sheet for 1 hour, then transfer to an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Cranberry Orange Snickerdoodles

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Cranberry Orange Snickerdoodles

Cranberry Orange Snickerdoodles

  • Author: Laura | Tutti Dolci
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 27 minutes (includes chilling time)
  • Yield: 34 cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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


Ingredients

  • 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

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  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 350°F (If cookie dough has chilled overnight, let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before baking). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk together sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Use a cookie scoop coated with nonstick spray to scoop 1 1/2-inch balls of dough. Roll all of the balls in cinnamon-sugar, and then coat a second time in cinnamon-sugar. Place two inches apart, 9 balls of dough per baking sheet, and gently press tops to flatten slightly.
  4. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 11 to 12 minutes, until edges and tops are set. Cool for 10 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Notes

Make Ahead: Roll the dough into balls and freeze on a baking sheet for 1 hour, then transfer to an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Just before baking, roll the cookie dough in cinnamon-sugar and bake as directed, adding 1-2 minutes to baking time.

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

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24 comments
    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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