I gave this 4 stars because they cookies turned out very cakey. Not at all cookie-like. The only thing I changed in the recipe was to change the temperature (down to 350F, as someone had recommended) and added some almonds. I think the problem might be in the amount of cranberries. "2 cups chopped cranberries" is 2 cups cranberries after they have been chopped, but "2 cups cranberries, chopped" is a very different amount. I wonder if the recipe is calling for the latter but is written incorrectly.
As for taste, I have to disagree with the "too sweet" claims. I tried the cookies without the glaze, and (especially with the cake-like texture), it tasted just like cranberry orange bread. Too tart for a cookie. The glaze (when added in moderation, such as the picture above, not slathered all over it like a sugar cookie) adds just the right amount of sweet to make it a cookie. Just wish the texture was better. I will definitely make these again, although I will try to tweak it next time. These cookies are much easier to make than the cranberry orange pinwheels we usually make every Christmas.
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I gave this 4 stars because they cookies turned out very cakey. Not at all cookie-like. The...