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Two Peas and Their Pod: Cranberry Orange Buttermilk Cookies

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Cranberry Orange Buttermilk Cookies

I love baking with buttermilk, as most of you know. I recently made lemon buttermilk cookies and they were fantastic. I decided to try them again, but with a twist.

This time I made cranberry orange cookies. The base is the same, but I added in orange zest and dried cranberries. I finished the cookies off with a orange glaze. So how do they compare to the lemon? It is a toss up, I love them both.

I really enjoyed the dried cranberries. They gave the cookies a little something extra. The orange glaze was nice too. I think I will add these to my fall/holiday baking list. They really are wonderful and cranberry/orange is such a great combination.

Cranberry Orange Buttermilk Cookies

For the cookies:

3/4 cup dried cranberries

1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
Zest of one orange
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. (3 oz.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup well-shaken buttermilk

For the glaze:

Confectioners sugar
Orange juice, fresh from the orange

Orange zest

Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Put the dried cranberries in a small bowl with hot water. Allow them to sit for a couple of minutes. Then drain. This just plumps them up:)

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, zest, baking soda, and salt.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter briefly, until creamy. Add the sugar, and beat until pale and fluffy. Add the egg, and beat well to mix. Add the vanilla, and beat briefly again. Mix in the flour mixture and the buttermilk in batches at low speed, beginning and ending with the flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add in the dried cranberries.

Drop the dough by level tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 1 ½ inches between each cookie. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, for about 11 minutes per batch. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 1 minute; then transfer them to a wire rack.

For the glaze, whisk together the sifted confectioners sugar, orange juice, and zest. I just guess on the amount. Brush or spoon the glaze onto the warm cookies. Allow cookies to sit on the rack until the glaze is set.

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Blogger Donna-FFW said...

I think your twist on these is fabulous.They look so delicious, good enough for breakfast.

5:09 AM  
Blogger The Purple Carrot said...

You always make the most delicious looking and sounding cookies! Yum!

Hope you're having a great weekend : )

5:15 AM  
Blogger Deeba PAB said...

Maria, I think I love these LOADS! Anything with dried cranberries & dried cherries are winners for me. Just made oatmeal cookies with dried cherries today...couldn't stop eating them! Love these ones.mmm!!

5:47 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

I've never baked with real buttermilk, just the make your own kind. You make it sound so good, I want to buy a carton! I love cranberry and orange together, they make wonderful combination.

5:58 AM  
Blogger Netts Nook said...

What a great recipe. Love the cranberry and orange together.

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those look so delicious! I love Craisins and orange together, so I need to make these. Thanks for posting!

7:06 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

I love how you can modify ingredients just a bit and get a whole new/different creative. These look just as good as the original!

7:18 AM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

don't you just love buttermilk in cookies and pancakes?
I bet this is a wonderful taste. Reminds me of these organe/cranberry scones at whole foods, whenever I buy those I eat the whole thing.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Cranberry and orange is one of my favorite combinations! I used to work in a breadstore and we made the best cranberry orange bread. I have no doubts I would love this cookie. I'm trying them for sure!

7:21 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Yum! Cranberry and orange are a delicious combo. Can't wait to try these, they look great.

7:23 AM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

These are fabulous cookies, Maria. I'm sure they will taste great dunked in some hot chocolate!

7:35 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your cookies look fantastic! I made a cranberry orange cookie for Christmas last year and discovered the goodness that is cranberry and orange together!

7:41 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

You make such yummy cookies! I can't wait to try these!

7:42 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What pretty cookies! They look delicious!



7:42 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

They look fabulous, my dear! Love the icing drizzled on top.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

My mouth was watering just reading the title. Cranberry-orange anything is good.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

They look fantastic! I love buttermilk in baked goods too and cranberries and orange go so well together! I especially love that orange glaze on top - yum!

9:42 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I love the zesty showing through and icing dripping. Lovely cookie. I stumbled it!

9:43 AM  
Blogger Pearl said...

you always have the most creative combination of flavors!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

These look wonderful! I love cranberry and orange together!

10:23 AM  
Blogger Mermaid Sews said...

Yum, those sound delicious. I have tried cranberry orange combo in cranberry sauces but never cookies.

10:28 AM  
Blogger La Cuisine d'Helene said...

I love baking with buttermilk also. They look good with the mix of cranberries and orange.

10:34 AM  
Blogger kat said...

tasty tasty tasty

10:36 AM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

They baked up beautifully! You are very creative.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Looks delicious enough to be on the *all-year* baking list ;)

11:21 AM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

I bet they're BOTH delicious!

11:48 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Can't wait to try these soon! Yum.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Cranberry and orange is a delightful combination. I bet these were delish!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Cranberry and Orange go so well together. Sounds good!

3:26 PM  
Blogger NKP said...

Buttermilk is so magical to work with. The cookies look great!

5:22 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

These are scrumptious! I love the glaze!

5:32 PM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

YUM! Your cookies sound and look delicious.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Aimée said...

These are lovely and would make amazing Christmas cookies with their red and white faces.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

I love buttermilk cookies. Cranberry and orange are two of my favorite.

6:39 PM  
Blogger PG said...

I'm salivating here. I can just imagine how good these would be.

What quantities do you use for the glaze?

6:40 PM  
Blogger Marthe said...

Yum, this looks really good!! I actually have some buttermilk leftover from the Tiramisu cake for TWD.... I guess I'm baking cookies tonight!

12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to think that Cranberry was a winter based food but with orange, your surely brought it up to Spring... honestly I don't believe in those rules anyway, I could have cranberry at any time.

1:35 AM  
Blogger Veron said...

this definitely looks delicious!

5:17 AM  
Blogger grace said...

gorgeous, spring-appropriate cookies, maria! as usual, something excellent is made even better by a simple glaze. :)

5:25 AM  
Blogger Cristine said...

Looks perfect! Bookmarking this one! :)

5:46 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Oh Maria they look so soft and light, yummy!

6:25 AM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

I make some similar to these with dried bananas and raisins. I'll have to try them with cranberries next time I make them.

6:34 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

Look at all that zest!! Bet these had a nice kick to them :)

6:46 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

What a unique and delish looking cookie. They are so pretty, too! I adore orange and cranberry. I make orange cranberry muffins and these cookies seem like they would be their cookie cousin. Yum!

7:23 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

You always think up the best combos!

7:38 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

They look delicious. I love the glaze on them. It really adds something!

10:08 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

ok seriously... can we please be neighbors... these look delicious!! Happy Monday - hope work is going well!

11:34 AM  
Blogger Elyse said...

I love that cranberry orange combo. AMAZING. I can't wait to try these. Buttermilk is such an amazing ingredient. Man oh man, I can't wait to try these...eek, I'm getting redundant, but you have me convinced that I need these cookies ASAP.

12:46 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I think it's so cool how you can just create fabulous dishes!

1:55 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I love cooking with Butter milk as well. Love your cookies!

5:24 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

yum!! those sound so light and delicious!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

Hey girl. Long time no see. Sorry I have been a stranger, just less time to blog now that I am back to work. BUT these cookies look amazing. Really amazing!!!!!

6:17 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

I can actually almost taste them (and they are delicious)... :)

7:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

another great use for buttermilk :) i haven't made cookies in awhile...

8:25 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

Life or grapefruit would be delish too!

8:41 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

They look so delicious. I love the glaze.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Kasha said...

Oh my goodness! This blog is amazing! I think I am going to start with the french toast with cinnamon syrup first. I also want to try the artisan bread dough pizza. Where do I find the recipe for dough part? Thank you for my new food blog to stalk! This puts mine to shame!

10:03 PM  
Blogger Maria♥ said...

Wow, I love the sound and look of these cookies! Great combo of flavours.


12:56 PM  
Blogger Peter M said...

Buttermilk seems to make everything evidenced with your cookies. So lickable!

2:26 PM  

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