Cranberry Orange Cookie Bars

Celebrate with these Cranberry Orange Cookie Bars. Chewy, delicious cookie bars with a creamy orange frosting!

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Cranberry Orange Cookie Bars: delicious, chewy cookie bars with dried cranberries, a hint of orange, and frosting!

It’s no secret I spend a lot of time in my kitchen. It’s the place where good things turn into great things.

For instance, these Cranberry Orange Cookie Bars. I baked a batch of these cookies (without the frosting). They were delicious, chewy and perfect.

So I thought.

A friend of mine came over and while we were sipping on some hot coffee and enjoying thesevcookie bars, she suggested I make a creamy frosting.

Seriously? How did I not think to add a frosting? It was one of those DUH moments. We talked a little bit about the flavor of the frosting, what would be delicious, what would be just okay. I also told her about my secret to making creamy frosting. You have to whip the butter, by itself with an electric mixer, for about 4-5 minutes before adding anything else. The butter will turn pale in color. Then add all your ingredients and whip again until smooth and blended. Oh my…that’s my secret friends!!!

The very next day I whipped up some Cranberry cookie bars WITH frosting. I tell you, friends can be the best influencers. There is nothing like sitting an enjoying a cup of coffee with someone. But when they help me to create an out of this world treat, well, they become BEST FRIENDS.

Do you ever find yourself in the kitchen with friends or family and having your whole conversation revolve around food? It’s pretty much my life in summary.

Cranberry Orange Cookie Bars: delicious, chewy cookie bars with dried cranberries, a hint of orange, and frosting!

Yield: 48 servings

Cranberry Orange Cookie Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Cranberry Orange Cookie Bars recipe


For the cookie bars:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 package (11oz) white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 orange, zested (about 1 Tbsp)

For the frosting:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat melted butter with sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until fully combined. Add flour, baking soda, kosher salt, orange zest and beat until blended. Fold in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
  2. Press cookie dough into a lightly greased 15x10x1inch baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 18-22 minutes. Remove and cool completely before frosting.
  3. For the frosting, beat butter, powdered sugar and orange juice for 3-5 minutes until fluffy. Spread evenly over cooled cookie bars.
  4. Cut and enjoy.
  5. Store in airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.


Cranberry Orange Cookie Bars: delicious, chewy cookie bars with dried cranberries, a hint of orange, and frosting!

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Posted on December 2, 2014

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