Happy Thanksgiving Day WLOW readers! I know you already have the turkey day under control, so it’s time to think ahead to Christmas and that means cookies. I love Christmas cookies and this year, while we have our favorites in this house, I decided I wanted to find some new recipes to try.
One day I was checking out at Kohl’s and saw this book called Holiday Cheer that caught my eye and was only $5 (and I think the money went to a good cause). Anyway I brought it home and was pleased to find some great cookie recipes. First up are these Cranberry-Orange Spice Cookies.
- 2¾ cups flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter (NO substitutions)
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Basic dough (above)
- ½ cup finely chopped craisins
- ¼ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
- 2 teaspoon grated fresh orange peel
- 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 3 tablespoons green sugar crystals
- 3 tablespoons red sugar crystals
- Start making dough by combining the flour, baking soda and salt
- In a large bowl mix on medium speed the butter and sugar for 1 minute until creamy.
- Add egg and vanilla; beat until well mixed.
- Reduce speed to low and add in flour gradually along with the craisins, ginger, orange peel and pumpkin pie spice
- Form into ball then on a lightly floured surface divide dough in half and shape each into a 10? squared off log (I used 2 rulers to help form)
- Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 10 hours (or 2 in freezer)
- Preheat oven to 350 and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Place the green crystals on a piece of wax paper then unwrap one log and roll/pat crystals onto log.
- Cut log into ¼? thick slices and bake for 14-16 minutes (until golden)
- Cool on wire rack
- Repeat with red crystals with other log.
- These need to be stored in a tight container room temp for one week or can be frozen up to 3 months.
I’m not one usually to brag but we loved these! The flavors of the cranberry, orange and ginger were a perfect combination. They are kinda like potato chips – can’t just eat one!
Besides making these for yourself (because I think you really need to!), make an extra batch to bring as a hostess gift, teacher gift or for that someone special in your life.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!