Flavored with orange zest and fragrant spices, these spiced pumpkin-cranberry cookies are a favorite throughout the fall and holiday season.

Spiced Pumpkin, Orange And Cranberry Cookies

These cake-like drop cookies are a cinch to prepare and their rich flavor makes them a favorite of adults and kids alike.

Spiced Pumpkin-Cranberry Cookies are made with orange zest, dried cranberries, and blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.

Those fragrant spices blend beautifully with the mellow flavor of pumpkin to make a tender, moist cookie that is one of the best to have on hand for Thanksgiving and Christmas entertaining.

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Spiced Pumpkin, Orange And Cranberry Cookies

Spiced Pumpkin-Cranberry Cookies

Yield: 48 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Flavored with orange zest and fragrant spices, these spiced pumpkin and cranberry cookies are a favorite throughout the fall and holiday season.


  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-3/4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, set aside.
  2. Combine butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat until creamy.
  3. Add the egg, pumpkin, orange juice orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice and beat until thoroughly combined.
  4. Gradually add in the flour mixture and beat until combined. Mix in the dried cranberries.
  5. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until the edges are set. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Optional Glaze:

  1. Although we prefer these cookies plain, you can brush on a powdered sugar glaze after they've cooled.
  2. Combine 1-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 2-3 tablespoons orange juice and 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest in a medium bowl until smooth and lightly brush over the tops of the cookies.


Tip: Try using whole spices and grind them just before adding to the dough for more intense, aromatic flavor.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: .5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: .5gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g