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. ;)
Step 1: Ingredients
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon milk (or cream)
1/2 cup ground cranberries
1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc)
1 Tablespoon grated orange peel