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Orange Cranberry Walnut Balls

Orange Cranberry Walnut Balls are like classic walnut balls but with a twist. Bright aromatic orange and studded with cranberries, these Christmas cookies are a festive way to celebrate the holidays.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Orange Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 118kcal
Author Heather


  • 1 cup butter *room temperature
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar *firmly packed
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1 tbsp orange zest *about 2 large oranges
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups walnuts *finely chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries *finely chopped, up to 2 cups can be added if desired
  • 2 cups powdered sugar *for rolling cookies


  • Preheat oven to 375℉.
    Chop walnuts and dried cranberries. 
  • Cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in extract and zest.
    Sift together flour and salt and mix into butter mixture. 
    Stir in walnuts and cranberries.
  • Using clean hands break off pieces of dough the size of a walnut and shape into a ball, rolling between hands. 
    Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 12- 15 mins or until lightly golden brown. Using a spatula, remove from cookie sheet and let cool slightly before rolling in powdered sugar to help prevent crumbling. 
    Once cooled slightly, roll in powdered sugar. 


Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 


Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg