Your New Favorite Cookie

If you think the classic 
chocolate chip cookie can’t be 
beat, just try these. ‘Nuf said!

Makes four dozen cookies

Ingredients for the cookies 

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup butter, unsalted, room temperature

1 cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

1 teaspoon orange zest, freshly grated

2 tablespoons orange juice

2 cups dried cranberries

½ cup pecans, coarsely chopped

Ingredients for the glaze

1 cup powdered sugar

2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice

½ teaspoon orange zest, freshly grated


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. 2. In a bowl add flour, baking soda and salt. Gently stir to combine and set aside.
  3. 3.  In a mixing bowl add butter, sugar and brown sugar. Using an electric mixer, cream together until smooth, scraping sides with a spatula as needed.  
  4. 4. Add egg, zest and juice. Mix together until well-combined. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, and mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. 
  5. 5. Turn off mixer. Add cranberries and nuts. Using a large spoon, gently stir in until just combined. Do not overmix.
  6. 6. Using a tablespoon, spoon cookie dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spacing at least 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside on baking sheet to cool. Using a spatula, gently remove cookies from baking sheet and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. (These cookies will firm up when cooled.)
  7. 7. For the glaze, in a bowl add sugar, juice and zest. Stir until smooth and combined. Drizzle over the top of cookies. 


Zesting is a very simple cooking technique. Citrus zest adds a lot of zing and flavor to salads, meats and beverages. 
There are several good zesting tools on the market. Simply rub the clean, whole fruit in one direction against the blades, turning it as you go so that you remove the top layer of the skin only–this is where the flavorful oils of the fruit reside. You want to avoid going into the second, white layer called the pith as it is bitter.

Find this and other CCKC favorite recipes in The Culinary Center of Kansas City’s Best Recipes, Second Edition. 
Available for purchase at and in The Kitchen Shop, 7920 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204.