Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies

Total Time
2hrs 5mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 1 hr 25 mins

This is a Country Woman recipe. They are delicious and I think taste even better after freezing.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars.
  3. Add milk, egg, and orange juice; mix well.
  4. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and soda; add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  5. Stir in cranberries and nuts with spoon.
  6. Drop onto cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes.
  7. Cool.
  8. For frosting, heat the butter in a saucepan over low heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  9. Cool for 2 minutes, transfer to a small mixing bowl.
  10. Add sugar and vanilla.
  11. Beat in water one tablespoon at a time until you get a frosting density that can easily go onto cookies.
  12. Frost the drop cookies.


Most Helpful

We started making these treats after tasting a batch, her friend whipped up. I immediately requested the recipe and she been baking them by the dozens ever since, she enthuses from her home in New London, Minnesota. 'The icing is an ideal complement to the tart berries in the cookies. Easy drop cookies with all the flavors of cranberry bread. These delicious cookies are soft with slightly crunchy edges. Orange frosting makes them extra special. I did Grating fresh orange zest is extra easy if you have a Microplane. It's one of my favorite kitchen tools to use. One more for Christmas or any time. These cookies are fantastic! They have become one of my favorite cookies. I omit the nuts completely and just use an entire bag of cranberries. I also substitute hot orange juice for the water in the icing. THANK YOU! for posting it. I do play with my food. PRMR 2013....Grpa

CHEF GRPA December 05, 2013

Simply delectable! I made this recipe both with and without nuts. (One batch was made for the nursing home residents, and we’re not supposed to share treats with nuts because of possible allergies.) Both batches were a huge success! At the nursing home, not only did the residents love them, but the ladies who were serving with me had to try them and then insisted that I share the recipe. It’s a great feeling to find something out of the ordinary to share with those special residents at the nursing home. Of course, with nuts, they are just that much better! You can’t find this kind of cookie in a store. It not only tastes good, but looks good, too. I think the key ingredient, cranberries, is what makes them so special. (I buy fresh cranberries when they are on sale and keep them in the freezer for when I need them.) The fresh cranberries, which are on the tart side, combined with the sweet frosting, provide a mouth watering sensation. WiGal, thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe and the tip about freezing them. That worked great!

FiGal May 12, 2010

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