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Cranberry Cookies

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Cranberry cookies make great Christmas cookies, but are also a great way to use up leftover fresh cranberries after the holidays.  These are my favorite cranberry nut swirl cookies -  they're well worth freezing cranberries so you can make them any time during the year!

These are great make-ahead cookies! You can freeze the rolled log indefinitely, then slice and bake the cookies whenever you like!  Then as scooch would say, you're only 12 minutes away from fresh hot cookies!

Fun bonus note:
these cookies won a cooking contest when I was 8 years old.  I made them with my grandma and my little brother, and we were pleasantly shocked to win first prize!  They've been a family favorite ever since.

Sneaky Valentine's Day mod:  pinch the cylinder of dough on one side, and poke it in on the other before freezing it to make a heart-shaped cross-section.  Delicious, and arguably romantic. ;)

 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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Dough:
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Sugary goo:

5 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon milk (or cream)

Filling:

1/2 cup ground cranberries
1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc)
1 Tablespoon grated orange peel


Step 2: Prep dough

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Beat together:
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
(I used my Kitchenaid stand mixer, but a fork, wooden spoon, or whisk will do nicely)

Then mix and add:
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

This is a variation on a sugar cookie dough, meaning it will be reasonably thick.  Expect a consistency like a slightly greasy playdough.  (Of course, this dough is much tastier raw than playdough!)

Step 3: Wrap & refrigerate dough

Roll the dough into a flattened ball, and wrap it in plastic wrap.
Deposit it in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour.

mashore1 year ago
About how many cookies does this recipe make? Thanks.
Flkrakr1 year ago
Are the cranberries fresh or canned?
canida (author)  Flkrakr1 year ago
Fresh! Canned will be all soggy and won't cook up right.
These look awesome.
1ncognita3 years ago
Hi, these were great, and I made them last month. I did want to try a chocolate version of it though, and ofcourse, that was a bit of a disaster as chocolate doesnt really behave the same way as fruits and nuts when baked.
I made a sticky paste with sugar, milk, cocoa powder and a little nutella, and sprinkled walnuts and chocolate chips on it.
It was okay-ish, but after being about 8 minutes in the oven, the chocolate would bubble up and spill onto the surrounding bits.
Do you have any ideas what might be done to make a chocolatey versoin of this cookie? :)
arku4 years ago
 hello there!! the recipe sounds good, i wanna try it!!! But i have a question.. what's the weight for the stick of butter? It looks big tough hahaha
smms5494 arku4 years ago
a stick of butter is:
     ~8 tablespoons
     ~4 oz
     ~125 grams
canida (author)  smms54943 years ago
Thanks for the conversion help, smms!

And arku, let me know if you try them.
arku canida3 years ago
I do tried them, and they were great! All of my friends loved them
platypus73 years ago
both very tasty and very easy. i just had a bit of a problem rolling the dough
My mother makes cookies almost exactly like this every christmas. She got the recipe from my dad's mother, who made them a hundred years ago this way. The only difference is we don't use cranberries (we call them 'grape swirls').

Couldn't help but comment, I saw the picture and was instantly nostalgi-lized.
Everyone should try these out, if you don't like or can't get cranberries, experiment with other fruit.
Great idea for today for my family. Thanks! :)
Thanks for the amazing recipe! They were a huge hit at my neighborhood Christmas party! And they left the entire house smelling of cranberries. :)
canida (author)  rubberducky473 years ago
Awesome, glad to be of help!
There's nothing like the smell of fresh cookies. They're the best ever.
My husband's birthday tomorrow and I will make a cranberry cookies for him.
canida (author)  missiswealth3 years ago
Excellent! Please post pictures if you do!
kjander4 years ago
Yum.  Wow these are good -- the the instructions are perfect.  Thanks!  I'm marking these to make again...

I did try them heart-shaped as you suggested, and turned them into valentines for friends.  Here's what I came up with:  craftastica.blogspot.com
canida (author)  kjander3 years ago
Awesome! I love the picture - the next set I make will have to be heart-shaped too. Thanks for sharing.
Ninzerbean4 years ago
 Mmmmmmmm!
canida (author)  Ninzerbean4 years ago
Thanks for the vote of confidence!  ;)
Let me know if you try them.
Wow, those look really delicious, and they're VERY pretty!  I'll have to stock up on cranberries after Thanksgiving this year so I can make them for Christmas.
 
canida (author)  AngryRedhead4 years ago
They're extra-awesome because you can freeze those logs in advance, and have FRESH HOT COOKIES in 15 minutes. ;)

Hm, I should probably point this feature out in the Instructable.  Off to edit...
lemonie4 years ago
I made these once years ago - nice to see again.
Nice to see Eric hasn't changed his hair too...

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canida (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Eric hasn't really changed his haircut in around 20 years. ;)