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Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies

Rated as 4.74 out of 5 Stars

"Shirley Kidd started making these treats after tasting a batch her friend whipped up. 'I immediately requested the recipe and have 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.'"
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40 m servings
Original recipe yields 30 servings


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  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add milk, egg and orange juice; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in cranberries and nuts.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
  3. For frosting, heat the butter in a saucepan over low heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes; transfer to a small mixing bowl. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until frosting reaches desired consistency. Frost the cookies.


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These cookies need time to develop their moistness and flacor. This recipe should state "Ready in" 1 day & 40 minutes! I made these last night, and was so disappointed that I almost didn't bak...

There are truly terrific. After a year, this is the recipe that finally got me to join - just so that I could rate it. I used fresh cranberries lightly chopped with my Braun hand...

Excellent, soft, cake-like cookies. Seeing that there was a little orange juice in the batter, I also added orange zest. Then in the frosting, I added OJ instead of the water. These turned ou...

The cookie itself is 5-star quality, but I rated this 4 stars because I did not care for the frosting. It turned out to be an unappealing beige color, not white, and was more like a heavy butter...

These are sooo delicious! Needless to say they didn't last very long in our house, even my 8yr old daughter loved them. The only change I made was to use pecans instead of walnuts. Thank you for...

I was surprised by the burst of flavor in these cookies. I was automatically demanded to make them again, and to share the recipe. When forming the dough, if you use frozen cranberries, they wil...

I have been making these cookies (with the exact recipe) for years. My friends and coworkers always beg me for the recipe or request that I bake them a batch every holiday. They have already pu...

Great treat. Wife loved them

These are excellent. Great texture and the frosting is a great balance - it sends them over the top. I followed the recipe to the letter except that I used Craisins rather than fresh cranberri...