Frosted Cranberries Butter Cookies For Christmas

Each December, my little girl loves to have all of her friends over for a pre-Christmas party where she helps me plan and cook the entire spread. One of the many things we make is Christmas cookies. A must each year. Some for her friends to have at the party and some for them to take home and share with their families.

These are buttery melt-in-the-mouth cookies. The dried cranberries and the sugar sprinkle make them festive and so apt for this season. Replace the cranberries with tiny golden star sprinkles for New Years’ if you like.Frosted Cranberries Butter Cookies

Makes 30-40 depending on the size of your cookie cutters


For the cookies:

  • 100 grams unsalted butter
  • 100 grams fine sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200 grams all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup of dried cranberries (optional)
  • Cookie cutters of your choice

For the icing:

  • 100 grams icing sugar
  • A couple of tsps of warm water
  • ½ cup of dried cranberries
  • Regular granulated sugar


  1. Soften the unsalted butter.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar till creamy and fluffy. Now add the eggs and vanilla and beat again.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt and chopped cranberries if using in the dough.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and combine till it comes together into a ball of cookie dough.
  5. Shape it into a bowl and cover with clingfilm. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  6. When ready to bake cookies, preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius.
  7. Sprinkle some all purpose flour on your work area and roll the dough (thickness of about ½ cm).
  8. Cut it into shapes with cookie cutters of your choice.
  9. Place them on a lined baking tray and bake for about 7-8 minutes. You might need to do this in batches depending on the size of your oven and tray.
  10. Allow them to cool.
  11. Once cooled, mix the icing sugar and a couple of tsps of warm water (you will need about 4-5) till you get a thick paste.
  12. Using a simple spoon ice each cookie and sprinkle some chopped cranberries on to each one. Sprinkle some regular granulated sugar to give them a frosty look. Enjoy with friends and family!

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