Orange Cranberry Sugar Cookie Bars

on December 3, 2018

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These Orange Cranberry Sugar Cookie bars with orange cream cheese frosting are a delight for all seasons and holiday gatherings.

Orange Cranberry Sugar Cookie Bar

Say hello to my new friend! Pardon the photo quality – I was just so excited and didn’t really take a ton of pictures of it in a professional setting… or any at all.

kitchenaid - stand mixer - ice blue

I finally bought myself a Kitchenaid mixer and ya’ll…. LIFE CHANGING. Seriously though. The things I hate doing – like creaming butter and sugar, making cream cheese frosting and whipping egg whites… I don’t have to do anymore! It doesn’t have a name or gender yet, but I figure you guys can give me some suggestions.

Orange Cranberry cookie bar

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Okay, so tis’ the season right? I for one am all about the rich chocolates and caramels and of course peppermint is my absolute favorite flavor profile. I am seriously the person that drinks Peppermint mocha year round. Fight me on it. Okay, so why doesn’t this have any of those things in them? I honestly don’t know. I just wanted to experiment with some lighter seasonal flavors. I will say that they turned out delicious and my anatomy class (whom I bring all my baking to these days) RAVED about them.

Orange Cranberry Sugar Cookie Bar

These Orange Cranberry Sugar Cookie Bars are great for bake sales, cookie exchanges and any number of things. I like that they’re easier to cut into at the end instead of trying to measure out or scoop cookies to be the right shape.

Orange Cranberry Sugar Cookie Bars

Time: 1 hour or less
Cost: $10? I had most of this stuff on hand
Suggested listening: Come Out and Play – Billie Eilish

Orange Cranberry Sugar Cookie Bar

Orange Cranberry Sugar Cookie Bars

Orange Cranberry Sugar Cookie Bars


  • Cookies:
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Orange Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  • 8 ounce package room temperature cream cheese
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • Additional dried cranberries


    For the Cookies:
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Spray or line a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray or parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Stir or whisk together and set aside
  3. In a large, rub the orange zest and granulated sugar between your hands to release the orange oil and scents. This will infuse the sugar with the orange to give that lovely flavor.
  4. In that same large bowl, cream butter and sugar together using an electric mixer until combined. Slowly add the powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add in the eggs, orange juice and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Finally add in the flour mixture (slowly) and beat until just combined. Stir in dried cranberries.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly on the bottom of the pan and bake for 12-14 minutes - YOU DON'T WANT THE BARS TO BROWN!
  6. Make the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
  7. Using your electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add orange juice and vanilla. Add powdered sugar slowly and beat until smooth.
  8. Once the cookies are cool, spread the frosting on top and top with some extra orange zest and dried cranberries. Cool and cut into bars (or triangles) to serve.

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