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Cranberry Orange Cookies

These delicious cookies make a wonderful addition to any holiday dessert spread, both with their beautiful color and their sweet-tart flavor.

Cranberry Orange Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
Zest of 1 orange
1 egg
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
2 ½ cups flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 cups fresh cranberries*, chopped (I do this in the food processor)

Cream together butter, sugars, and orange zest until smooth. Beat in the egg, followed by the orange juice, scraping the bowl well between additions. Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt just until the flour disappears, then stir in chopped cranberries until the dough is all the same shade of pink. Chill for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375⁰. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are golden.

*Be sure to use fresh cranberries for this recipe, not craisins. Fresh cranberries usually show up in the produce section in October and last through December, but freeze well if you want to make this recipe all year long.