Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cranberry Cookies, 12 Days of Cookies

Day 9 of our 12 Days of Cookies features these Cranberry Cookies. The orange zest in them gives them a refreshing hint of citrus. They taste as beautiful as they look. Enjoy!

CRANBERRY-WALNUT SWIRLS
COOKIES:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 lg. egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, beating until blended.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

FILLING:

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp. grated orange zest

Combine cranberries, walnuts, and orange rind; set aside.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll into a 10-inch square. Sprinkle with cranberry mixture, leaving a 1/2-inch border on 2 opposite sides. Roll up dough, jellyroll style, beginning at a bordered side. Roll in saran wrap and freeze 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut roll into 1/4-inch thick slices. Place slices on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake on top oven rack for 14 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

This recipe, and 349 others can be found in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins Favorite Recipes" which can be purchased in our Gift Shop. Click Here to order your copy.

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