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Cranberry Drop Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

These cranberry drop cookies are perfect for the holiday season! Topped with cream cheese frosting and sparkly sprinkles, they are festive and delicious!
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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • cup dried cranberries, or cherries!

cream cheese frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • optional: add in ¼ teaspoon cinnamon or 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • sugar sprinkles, for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the egg until combined, scraping down the sides as needed. Beat in the vanilla extract and the milk.
  • Beat in the dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in the dried cranberries.
  • Drop the cookies on to the baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges are golden and set. Remove and let cool completely before frosting.

cream cheese frosting

  • Beat the cream cheese and butter together until creamy. Beat in the sugar until combined. Beat in the vanilla extract. If desired, add either the cinnamon or the orange zest. Frost the cookies once cooled and sprinkle with sugar sprinkles.


slightly adapted from taste of home

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