Makes 6 1/2 dozen

This dough becomes soft and sticky as it reaches room temperature, so work with one portion at a time; chill remaining dough until ready to use.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat 1/2 cup shortening and 1/2 cup butter at low speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; add 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

Step 2

Stir together flour and next 6 ingredients; add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at medium speed until blended. Add orange juice, beating until blended. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Step 3

Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in remaining 1 cup of sugar. (Dampen hands with water if dough is sticky.)

Step 4

Place on greased baking sheets. Press 1 fresh cranberry into top of each cookie ball.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or just until edges begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool.

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