Saturday, November 18, 2006
Woohoooo for Christmas cookies!!! Susan P. over at A Place Called Home is having a Christmas Cookie Cookbook Contest! Be sure and head over there and tell her you want to enter and be sure and share your favorite Christmas cookie recipe!!!!
My favorite? My 1A favorite are these Cranberry Orange cookies!! They smell and taste just like Christmas! Why 1A? Because my 1B favorite are gingerbread men and I can never make a final decision between the two. HAHA!! I'll be sure and share that recipe later on and I'll even take a picture of them to share!
Cranberry Orange Cookies
6 T unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup sugar
¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 t grated fresh orange peel
3 T thawed frozen orange juice concentrate
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
½ t baking powder
½ t ground cloves
¼ t baking soda
¼ t salt
1 cup dried cranberries
½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
3 T unsalted butter, melted
2 T thawed frozen orange juice concentrate
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets or use nonstick or parchment lined cookie sheets.
2) In large bow, with mixer at medium speed, cream together butter and both sugars until light. Add egg, orange peel, and orange juice concentrate, and beat until blended. In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cloves, baking soda, and salt. At low speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Drop dough by rounded spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.
3) Baked cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.
4) Prepare Orange icing: In bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar, butter and orange juice concentrate until smooth; spread on cooked, cooled cookies. Store cookies, with waxed paper between layers, in tightly covered container.
PS- In case you are wondering about the picture, that is a photo of cranberries being harvested.