The cookie so good my mom had to tell me they were so good about 20 times…

My mom and I talk a lot about food. I mean a lot. Sometimes my mom will list everything she ate that day or read me a recipe over the phone. She loves describing food to me, which I hate, because I usually become hungry by the time she is done. And since she does not live close to me I can not go over and get it.
For months now she has been going on and on about these cranberry orange cookies….telling me over and over again how good they are(she keeps having senior moments and forgets that she has told me how good these are). So before she came here this weekend I told her, for the love of Pete bring the stinking cranberry orange cookie recipe. So as you can clearly see the cookies were indeed made and I must say that they are tasty and agree with my mother that they are good. 
To me they say winter but my mother makes them year round. The original recipe said macadamia nuts, but we make ours with pistachio because we both agree they go better with the cranmorange(see me use the word in everyday conversation) combo. My mother also is emphatic about them being better the next day and encourages anyone who makes them to wait till the next day because they are “that much better”…her words, not mine. She was a little shocked that I was putting them up on my blog. I think she too was feeling the pressure that well over 200 people would now be judging the cookies that she just kept telling me were the best. The “what if people don’t like them” panic hit her just a little. I told her the worst that could happen is that people would rally together and start a website dedicate to how much they hate these cookies and how evil Peabody’s mom was to suggest they were good. The movement would gain popularity and a cranberry-orange Peabody’s mom hating cult would form. They would hold secret meetings plotting her death until they finally killed her off while she was peddling her cookies at the local Farmers Market at the small community center her town has. I told her not to worry because the chances of that happening were slim. Moral of the story being, if you don’t like them, just say so…don’t go gun down my mom!

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Orange Sugar

1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp freshly grated orange peel

1 cup sugar
¾ cup butter, room temperature
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
½ cup pistachio nuts
1 TBSP freshly grated orange peel

Heat oven to 350F.
Combine all orange sugar ingredients in a small bowl; stir until well mixed. Set aside.
Combine 1 cup sugar, butter and egg in a large bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder and baking soda. Beat until well mixed. Add all remaining ingredients. Continue beating just until mixed.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in orange sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten with bottom of glass to 1 ½-inch circles.
Bake for 7 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.(DO NOT OVERBAKE). Cool 1 minutes; remove from cookie sheets.

Source: Adapted from Land O’Lakes Holiday Cookies  2005



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  1. A burst of flavors! Colors are festive! My favorite cookie.

  2. I was looking for a cookie recipe that had some color to it – this one was not only beautiful, but delicious as well. I sent them to work with my husband on a tray full of many types of cookies and I had several people ask him if they could get the recipe for THIS cookie – obviously a HIT!!!

  3. Try these. They are beautiful, festive, delicious and easy to make a lot of. I was looking for a cranberry cookie recipe 3 years ago and tried these. They’ve become go to Christmas cookie. Everyone always want to talk about how great they are and I’m always hearing how special they are. I bake at least 10 dozen every year.

  4. Buffy Foster says:

    I LOVE these cookies. I’m not much of a baker, as I have issues following recipes…but I think I managed alright with this one! Buttery, nutty, and the tart citrus cranmorange ;)…resulting in delectable. I think I have found my go-to Christmas cookie. Festive colors are a bonus!

  5. I love these cookies and make them every year to give to my friends for Christmas. I would like to know if they can be frozen for a short period of time or if the dough can be frozen to use at a later date.

  6. Not the dough but you can freeze the cookie my mom always does.

  7. Thanks for the info. I am going to bring some to my friends in Costa Rica on my next visit. How long can I freeze them without losing their integrity? By the way, I actually made a little orange liquor glaze for the tops the last time I baked them and everyone absollutely loved it!

  8. Health-Conscious Eater says:

    Tested and true for the health-conscious baker! Recipe with substitutions are as follows:

    1/2 cup agave nectar
    1 large and 1 small banana, mashed
    1 egg
    3/4 cup whole wheat flour
    1 ½ tsp baking powder
    ¼ tsp baking soda
    ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
    ½ cup pistachio nuts
    1 tbsp freshly grated orange peel

  9. Hi – I’m thinking of making these for a cookie exchange tomorrow. Are they more soft/chewy or more crisp? I’m hoping for soft/chewy :)


  10. @ash- they are not soft they are more of a tea cookie.

  11. About how many cookies will this recipe produce?

  12. Not sure- like it says on my about page I don’t give serving sizes since everyone makes it different. But most cookie recipes make about 3 dozen.

  13. Peabody: Your Mom was right!

    I’ve made these cookies the last two Christmases and they are a huge hit. And they’re so pretty.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us!!!


  14. Cindy Nei says:

    I am freezing these before baking, after forming them. I
    freeze cookies by the cookie sheet full, then store in ziplock
    bags. They thaw on cookie sheets while the oven heats, never EVER
    had a problem, and I don’t see any ingredients in these that won’t
    freeze! Go for it!!!!!!!

  15. I’m so thankful to know that I’m not the only one who loves to talk about what everyone else is eating! I’m also thankful for this yummy recipe – I’m pinning it now. Thanks!

  16. Hi, I’m making these for a cookie exchange so I want to get it right! Should the pistachios be raw or roasted? Thanks.

  17. @Megan- roasted but not salted is what my mom usually uses

  18. Hi Peabody (love your name by the way),

    You made me laugh so much and thanks for sharing this recipe.

    God love your mum


  19. Oh my, these are the best cookies ever! I made these for Thanksgiving and I will definitely make these for the Cookie Exchange I am going to in 2 weeks. Even my husband who is basically a chocolate chip cookie lover and rarelyr strays from something “tried and true” thought they were one of the best cookies I have ever made. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

  20. I am going to try these! I made some brownies from a recipe my mom gave me. She was not baking anymore so I thought I would surprise her with a supply of her favorite brownies – the recipe makes a lot. During the next two days she phoned me to tell me the different ways she ate the brownies… Warm one up in the microwave. Serve with ice cream. Do the warming but use whipped cream. Do the warming again and try it with
    ice cream, whipped cream and cherries. It was fun to listen to her different ways of eating one of her most favorite treats. Needless to say the brownies did not last long but that was okay too. Sadly my mom has passed away but I know she would have liked your cookies so I will make them for my mom!

  21. I’m hoping these will use up my pistachios, but mine are salted -is there anything I can do to combat that in the recipe?

  22. The salted will be fine.

  23. What is orange sugar?

  24. Before everyone thinks I’m stupid. I read the recipe again. I got it!

  25. Carol Williams says:

    Can I use fresh cranberries instead of dried ones?

  26. I’m not sure about that. You could try but I think it might be too much moisture plus fresh are way more tart.

  27. Peabody….your mom is right. Awesome flavour! Loved these cookies. Thank you!

  28. Awesome flavour! Loved these cookies. Thank you!

  29. @Cuisina- I’ll be sure and tell her you liked them


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