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5 from 9 votes

Loaded festive cookies

With a crisp outer and gorgeously soft inner, these festive cookies loaded with cranberries, spices, chocolate and nuts are packed with the flavours and aromas of Christmas.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Festive makes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 cookies
Calories: 252kcal
Author: Emily Leary


For the cookies

  • 100 g baking margarine
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 100 g soft brown sugar
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 tsp ground ginger
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 medium free range eggs
  • 60 g blanched almonds roughly chopped
  • 30 g dried cranberries
  • 40 g white chocolate chips
  • 40 g milk chocolate chips

For the icing

  • 140 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp juice from your orange
  • Edible gold dust
  • Edible silver balls


To make the cookies

  • Preheat oven to 180C/355F (160C/320F fan). Put both sugars and the margarine in a mixing bowl and beat together.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, ginger and cinnamon and fold through.
  • Add the orange zest and eggs and combine into a loose cookie dough.
  • Add in the almonds, cranberries and chocolate chips and fold together.
  • Drop separate spoonfuls of the mixture, spaced well apart, onto a greased baking sheet, using more than one baking sheet if necessary. At about 50g per dollop, I got 15 cookies.
  • Bake in the oven for about 12-15 minutes until golden-brown - since they contain brown sugar and cinnamon, you’ll find they go a little darker than standard sugar cookies.

To decorate

  • Mix the icing sugar and orange juice together until you have a thick, runny paste.
  • Drizzle over your cookies in a zigzag pattern.
  • Spray with the gold dust, as sparingly or generously as you wish, then add a few silver balls to each cookie while the icing is still wet and leave to set.



Once set, eat immediately or store in an airtight container to keep them fresh.


Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg