Cranberry Butter Cookies with Lemon Glaze are a sweet cookie coated in a fresh lemon glaze. Bake a batch to share with your friends and family!
‘Tis the season for cookies! One of my favorite things about the holiday season is baking fresh cookies in my kitchen. Every year I make a few batches of my family favorites that I make year after year. I also add one or two new cookies to the mix. This year I added Cranberry Butter Cookies with Lemon Glaze. These cookies will be baked in my kitchen for years to come!
I love these Cranberry Butter Cookies with Lemon Glaze because they are a fun combination of sweet tart flavor. A delectable little butter cookie filled with dried cranberries is dipped into lemon glaze made with fresh lemon juice and zest. The combination of flavors will tempt your taste buds. Your first bite may include the subtle sweet flavor of the butter cookies and the next bite may yield a fresh tart flavor from the lemons.
Whether you are heading to a holiday party or a cookie swap, add these cookies to your holiday baking list. The cookies also store and travel well. I have shipped them to family and friends in any closed container. Make sure that they are at room temperature or lower when shipping to ensure that the glaze holds up well.
What are your favorite cookies to make during the holiday season?
Yield: about 2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cranberry Butter Cookies with Lemon Glaze
For the cookies:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup coarsely chopped dried cranberries
For the glaze:
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, plus more as needed
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- To make the cookies: In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Use an electric mixer to cream the butter and 1 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. On low speed, mix in the egg yolk, lemon juice and vanilla until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients, mixing on low speed just until combined. Gently fold in the dried cranberries. If the dough is crumbly, use your hands to knead the dough gently until it comes together. Roll the dough into 1-inch sized balls and place 1 to 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- To make the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. Drizzle the glaze over the cookies or dip the tops of the cookies into the glaze. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week (or freeze until ready to eat!)
Here are a few more holiday cookie recipes you might enjoy:
- Royal Iced Sugar Cookies by Spoonful of Flavor
- Brown Butter Snickerdoodles by Spoonful of Flavor
- Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies by RecipeGirl
- Chewy Chocolate Almond Cookies by Recipe Runner