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Holiday Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

It’s that time of year! The time when families get together, you stuff yourself with good, rich, indulgent treats (2 sticks of butter, bring it on!) and drink to your heart’s content. Calories really shouldn’t count between November and January.

This year, the holidays have been a little bit hectic for us. Between hosting family in our own home, travel plans, an adorable new dog who oddly hates fake plants (no Christmas tree this year, folks), and lots of work, work, work – I was ready to jump back into baking.

Inspired by my love of buttery oatmeal raisin cookies, my current obsession with craft cocktails, and fueled by my binge watching Season 6 of GBBO (I want Manon, Ruby, and Kim-Joy as friends – more on my GBBO thoughts in another post coming soon…) – I whipped together these Holiday Cranberry Orange Cookies.

A crisp outer biscuit, soft center, packed with Grand Marnier (cognac and triple sec) soaked cranberries, orange zest and almond flavor, these cookies are definitely on our holiday baking list for years to come.

The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.

Julia Child

BTW I love this quote above. Julia Childs really sums up my thoughts about cooking. When people think “oh I can’t cook” I always say – “of course you can!! You’re just afraid of making something that may not work… and that’s ok! That’s how you learn what works well together and what doesn’t!” Food for thought. (Yes, pun intended – as per my usual 😉 )

Without further ado – the recipe for my Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies!


  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened at room temperature
  • 3/4 granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 cups oats
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1.5 oz. Grand Marnier

Cooking Instructions

  1. Soak cranberries in Grand Marnier overnight.
  2. Cream together butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy and smooth (the mixture shouldn’t be clumpy or coarse).
  3. Add brown sugar and beat. Add almond extract and eggs and beat until fluffy.
  4. Mix salt, flour, baking powder, and oats. Slowly mix in to butter/egg mixture.
  5. Add soaked cranberries and orange zest and mix throughly.
  6. Cover and refrigerate dough for 20 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Scoop dough into 1 inch balls and place on a line baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.
  9. Let cool or enjoy warm!