It would be a stretch to call these cookies a health food, but the bursts of red color spotted throughout them do pack a punch! Cranberries are high in vitamin C, chock-full of antioxidants, may be a source of anti-cancer agents, and may benefit the cardiovascular and immune systems (according to wikipedia). Also, Oprah recently declared them "the ultimate holiday health superfood." Apparently she turns to cranberry juice whenever trying to ward off a cold. Maybe she'd enjoy these cookies?
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 2/3 cups chopped cranberries
- Cream together butter and sugars. Beat in egg. Then mix in orange zest and juice.
- Time for the dry ingredients: slowly mix in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix in cranberries on low speed.
- Drop dough onto cookie sheets. Leave a little room for them to spread.
- Bake in pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes, or until cookie edges are a light golden brown.
- The original recipe calls for icing, but honestly these cookies are sweet enough without it.
Because of the zesty hint of citrus, they make a refreshing alternative on a cookie tray!