Well, not really, but it’s what I like to call them. These have really quickly become a firm favourite in this house, at work and with friends that visit, in fact, I think they’ve even become my most favourite cookie EVER! Easy peasey to make too, always a plus in my mind, and unfortunately, far too easy peasey to scoff down aswell.

Try them, but be warned, you can’t have just one, two might be good.  Three is definitely better!


Pre heat oven to 350F, 175C, Gas Mk4. Bake on the center rack of the oven.
Makes about 36 cookies

Orange Sugar
4oz – 6oz sugar
Freshly grated peel of an orange – chop it up if it’s in long strands

4oz – 6oz sugar – this depends on your sweet tooth!
6oz butter, room temperature
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1lb plain flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
6oz – 8oz sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
6oz – 8oz pecan nuts, chopped
Freshly grated peel of an orange – chop it up if it’s in long strands


Combine the two ingredients for the orange sugar in a screw top glass jar and leave for a few hours, overnight if possible.

Put the sugar, butter, egg and vanilla in a large bowl and beat (by hand or with a mixer on medium) until creamy. Sieve the baking powder and baking soda with the flour and add in batches to the butter mixture, along with the cranberries, nuts and orange peel. Beat until just mixed. Place the orange sugar onto a large plate, resisting the temptation to keep dipping your finger into it!! Form the cookie dough into 1″ balls, roll in the orange sugar and place on the baking sheet about 2″ apart. Flatten with the underside of a cup or jar a little. Bake for 7 – 11 minutes until just lightly browned around the edges. Do NOT over bake! Cool on the tray for a minute or two and then transfer to a wire rack.

Notes: I use unbleached, golden sugar (not fine or caster sugar). The dried cranberries I can get are not sweetened and they taste great. I’ve also seen this recipe with either pistachio nuts or walnuts instead of the pecans (but I like pecans). If you’d like an extra bit of decadence add 4oz of chopped white chocolate chips, but this will also make it sweeter too.

I’ve also substituted lemon for the orange, both in the sugar mix and the peel in the cookie itself and it’s great too.

Go on, you know you want one!