Holiday Cranberry-Orange Slices

Holiday Cranberry-Orange Slices

Holiday Cranberry-Orange Slices

It’s always nice to have something citrusy (is that a word) on a holiday cookie platter. This cookie combines cranberry with orange to make a flavorful, shortbread-type cookie with flecks of red in it from the chopped dried cranberries. This is a versatile cookie, as well. They can be eaten plain, of course, but can also be jazzed up by dipping half the cookie in melted chocolate or dipping the whole cookie right out of the oven in powdered sugar and then dipping them again after they cool. This recipe is from the December 2010 issue of Midwest Living magazine.

Ingredients
1 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. sugar
1 egg yolk
1 t. vanilla
2 1/4 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 C. dried cranberries, finely chopped (I used my mini food processor)
1/2 C. chopped pecans
2 t. finely shredded orange peel

1. In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla until combined.
2. Beat in as much of the flour as possible and stir in the rest of the flour by hand.
3. Stir in the cranberries, pecans, and orange peel making sure they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
4. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 9-inch log. Wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper.

Ready to Refrigerate

Ready to Refrigerate

5. Chill an hour or two until firm enough to slice.
6. With serrated knife, cut rolls into 1/4 inch slices. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
7. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm and lightly browned.
8. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute then transfer to wire rack to let cool.

Variations
1. When cookies are slightly but not completely cooled gently shake them in powdered sugar. When cooled completely shake them in the sugar again.
2. When cookies are completely cool dip half the cookie in 12 ounces of melted semi-sweet chocolate chips. Lay on waxed paper until the chocolate has cooled and hardened.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Dipped in Chocolate

Dipped in Chocolate


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2 Responses to “Holiday Cranberry-Orange Slices”
  1. Melissa says:

    these are wonderful!!! Thank you for making them for our holiday office party. I’m printing the recipe and making it tomorrow at my family bake fest!

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