Vegan Cranberry-Orange-Nut Cookies

Crisp, moist and chewy, this cookie created by Georgene Egri of Walnut Creek, California, has the essential ingredients for the holidays: citrus, nuts and cranberries. Add to that a load of healthy ingredients and you have a win-win cookie! These cookies travel well, making them a great choice for gift-giving and lunchboxes.

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons organic sugar, divided
1/2 cup smooth, unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup light vegetable oil
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
3 tablespoons orange juice

1. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Stir in walnuts and dried cranberries.

2. Whisk 1 cup sugar, applesauce, oil, orange zest and juice in a medium bowl until smooth. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until well blended. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

4. Put the remaining 3 tablespoons sugar into a small flat-bottomed dish or pan. Roll the dough with floured hands (it will be very moist) into 1 1/2-inch balls, then roll in sugar to coat. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.

5. Bake the cookies until barely golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on the pan for 1 minute; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Nutrition per cookie: 102 calories; 5 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 1g mono unsaturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 94 mg sodium; 24 mg potassium.

1 Carbohydrate Servings

Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

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11 comments

Anne P.
Anne P.about a year ago

Thank you! I look forward to trying the vegan cranberry orange nut cookies - some of my favorite flavors!

KELLY ROGERS
Kelly Rogers4 years ago

Some looked really good. I can't wait to try some

Lisa D'arcangelis
Lisa Plunkett4 years ago

Awesome! Can't wait to try it!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Amazing! Great recipe. Love it. Thanks.

Samantha M.
Samantha M.5 years ago

Think I might have to make these wee treats on xmas day!!! Lovin the vegan baking!!!

Teckla Wattman
Teckla Wattman6 years ago

Do you think I can use an all purpose gluten-free flour in place of the whole wheat pastry flour?

Kath R.
Kath P.6 years ago

The comment by Maeve C about refrigerating the dough for 30 minutes before rolling made these cookies easier to handle. I would like to see the use of plastic wrap taken out of this recipe replacing it with a healthier alternative.

Natalia P.
Natalia P.6 years ago

loks great

Jan Seawell
Jan Seawell7 years ago

These look really tasty and pretty. Can't wait to try them!

Maeve C.
Maeve C.7 years ago

I had to refrigerate for almost an hour for these to roll properly. But other than that, this was a simple recipe! And these are perfect for gifts, or just enjoying on a wintry day!