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Citrus Scented Egg less Cranberry Cookies

So rich and buttery while being crunchy, these egg less cookies have a delicious combination Of flavors. Sprinkled with sugar on top for an extra sparkle this holiday season!

When I set out to make a list of cookies I wanted to bake for this Holiday season, I knew I wanted to make some of my favorite cake recipes into cookies. With no idea how I will do it, I thought I’ll plan on it. As November rolls around, cranberry fever takes over the country. Dried cranberries are my absolute favorite and I use them often in making homemade granola (recipe here), in oatmeal, or straight up as a snack with nuts. Last month, I shared the recipe of my citrus scented carrot cranberry loaf cake with you all. Since I already have carrot cake cookies recipe on the blog, I wanted to make just cranberry and orange cookies for the Holidays. Hence the name – citrus scented egg less cranberry cookies.

Easy shortbread style citrus scented egg less cranberry cookies
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Dr. A is not a very big fan of chocolate which is just one of the many ways both of us are polar opposites to each other. Anyways, he does not enjoy regular chocolate chip cookies or mocha cookies (my favorites). He enjoys oatmeal raisins, macadamia nut, snicker doodles or anything fruity. So these citrus scented egg less cranberry cookies sounded right up his alley. Though most of the cookies I make have eggs in them, I kept these egg less, just like the whole wheat thumbprint cookies (recipe here). I like the bite that these egg less cookies have and also love the buttery flavor. Cookie recipe no. 2 of the season based on my citrus scented carrot cranberry loaf cake is here for you. Cakish cookie..hah!

Easy shortbread style citrus scented egg less cranberry cookies

Recipe Run Down

Just like the jam thumbprint cookies, these start with creaming butter and sugar along with orange zest and juice. Give sweetened dried cranberries a run through in the stand mixer along with some sugar so as to break them apart a bit. The only dry ingredient is flour which makes life easier. Some vanilla goes in until everything comes together as a dough.

I shaped the dough into a log and chilled it for almost 24 hours. You don’t have to, I made the dough one night and had to wait until the next night to bake it. I would still recommend chilling it for a few hours so that the butter can work its magic while baking. After it’s beauty sleep, unwrap the dough and using a sharp knife cut it into 1/4th of an inch thick slices. I rolled mine in sugar but that is optional. Bake at 325 on a parchment/silicon mat lined sheet for about 12 minutes. Let cool and enjoy.

Here is a handy dandy printable

Easy shortbread style citrus scented egg less cranberry cookies
4.89 from 9 votes

Citrus Scented Egg Less Cranberry Cookies

So rich and buttery while being crunchy, these egg less cookies have a delicious combination Of flavors. Sprinkled with sugar on top for an extra sparkle this holiday season!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, Egg Less
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chilling and cooling 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Author Vaishali


  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries like craisins
  • 1 cup sugar divided
  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla essence
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced about 2-3 tablespoon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour


  1. Plan Ahead – this recipe calls for chilling the dough. Also take the butter out of the refrigerator ahead of time.

  2. Add the cranberries and 1/4 cup sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer and mix on medium high speed. This will help in breaking up the cranberries into smaller bits.

  3. Add butter and 1/2 cup more of sugar to the mixer and mix at high speed till the mixture is light and creamy.

  4. Now add the vanilla, orange zest and juice. With the mixer running on low speed, carefully add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Mix until the dough comes together. (See notes)

  5. Cut a piece of plastic wrap and lay it on your kitchen counter. Dump the dough out on the plastic wrap and shape into a smooth log about 1.5 inches wide.

  6. Wrap the dough completely, fold the ends of the plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hour and upto 24 hours.

  7. After the dough is chilled, take it out and preheat your oven to 325 degrees F or 163 degrees C. Put parchment paper on 2-3 cookie sheets.

  8. Unwrap the dough log and using a very sharp knife, cut it into 1/4 inch thick slices. Roll the cut slices into remaining sugar and lay on the cookie sheet.

  9. Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets at about 6 minute mark. I also switch the cookie sheets among different rack positions at this time so that they bake evenly.

  10. Take the cookies out of the oven and let cool in the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack and letting them cool completely.

  11. Enjoy the cookies yourself or pack them in little baggies or boxes to share with friends and family.

Recipe Notes

If the dough is not coming together, you can add orange juice or milk 1 tablespoon at a time until it happens. It should not take you more than 2 tablespoons.

Sliced, unbaked cookies can be flash frozen and then stored in freezer bags for later. Bake straight from the freezer. Add 2-3 minutes of baking time.

Easy shortbread style citrus scented egg less cranberry cookies

I hope you will give these a try and enjoy them as much as we at TKD do.

Love – Vaishali.

Tools Used:

Stand Mixer: Measuring Cups: Measuring Spoons: Cookie Sheets: Knives: Cooling Rack:

Supplies you might need:

Craisins:  Vanilla:


  1. Aman Saxena

    December 21, 2018 at 8:47 am

    4 stars
    The exact dish I was looking for this Christmas thanks a lot

  2. Neil Alvin Nicerio

    December 21, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Oh wow. Discovered something mga daughter and I could do this holidays. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂 My daughter would surely love it.

  3. Greg

    December 21, 2018 at 10:28 am

    5 stars
    I would gladly put down 20 of these cookies! Great post!

  4. Shnooks

    December 21, 2018 at 10:48 am

    5 stars
    These cookies looks so yummy 😍 I will definitely try your recipe ❤ thank you so much for sharing 💞

  5. Mrs Type A

    December 21, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Yum can’t wait to make and devour these!

  6. Juli

    December 21, 2018 at 11:10 am

    I so want to try this and is motivation enough this holidays to do so.

  7. Renee

    December 21, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Those look so unique and fantastic!!!!!!

  8. Chantelle Hadden

    December 21, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    5 stars
    As someone with an egg allergy, this is really handy. I’ll definitely be trying these.

  9. Sousa deb mominal nomad

    December 22, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I’m going to try this recipe for sure. Looks so good ! Thanks

    1. Vaishali

      December 22, 2018 at 12:33 pm

      That’s great! Let me know if you like them.

  10. Keshia Richmond

    December 22, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    These Citrus Scented Egg Less Cranberry Cookies are a recipe I’d like try. So delicious.

  11. Glorious Heights

    December 22, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    5 stars
    They look so delicious 😋 I can almost smell them.. I want to try them now

  12. Hackytips

    December 22, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    I’m really impressed with the texture & color of these cookies. Can I use any other juice/scent other than orange?

    1. Vaishali

      December 29, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Lime/lemon would work just fine. Citrus and cranberries pair well. Thanks

  13. Matija Antonić

    December 23, 2018 at 3:25 am

    This recipe looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it out, probably for Christmas now, thank you for sharing.

  14. McKenzie

    December 23, 2018 at 11:53 am

    5 stars
    These look delicious!! I love the way your blog is set up! Nicely done!!

  15. maysz

    December 23, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    5 stars
    Yummy cookies. I can’t wait to try this YUMM!

  16. Jasmeet Singh

    December 24, 2018 at 5:18 am

    These look so good and yum. I can experience the fruity flavors by just reading.

  17. Elizabeth O

    December 24, 2018 at 6:01 am

    5 stars
    I love anything with cranberries in it. Those cookies look divine. Yummy!

  18. Jeferson

    December 25, 2018 at 10:14 am

    There’s something about the name that made my mouth water….. It looks delicious….. I found no reason not to try it….

  19. Rupal Srivastava

    December 26, 2018 at 10:14 am

    this looks so yummy. thanks for sharing.

  20. jomar enecio

    January 6, 2019 at 9:19 am

    very cool. this is absolutely right!

  21. Jessica

    January 13, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    5 stars
    I made these over winter break for my family and we all loved them!! It was tough trying not to eat all of the dough before they made it into the oven : )

    1. Vaishali

      January 14, 2019 at 9:36 am

      That’s great Jessica. Thanks for sharing your experience..:)

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