Friday, December 25, 2009

Cranberry Orange Cookies

I made Cranberry Orange cookies for the Christmas holidays. They seemed to be a big hit with Bill and my family in San Antonio. I will definitely make these again. Here is the recipe if you'd like to try it:

Cranberry Orange Cookies

1 C. butter, softened
1 C. white sugar
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. grated orange zest
2 T. orange juice (I used concentrate)
2 1/2 C. All-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. (190 degrees C).

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg until well blended. Mix in 1 teaspoon orange zest and 2 tablespoons orange juice. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the orange mixture. Mix in cranberries and if using, walnuts, until evenly distributed. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Cookies should be spaced at least 2 inches apart.

3. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes (mine were perfect in 12 min.) in the preheated oven, until the edges are golden. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

4. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, 3 tablespoons orange juice and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over the tops of cooled cookies. Let stand until set.

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