Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cranberry-Orange Spice Cookies and Giveaway

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With six days until Christmas have you done all your baking yet?  I hope you have saved some room for this  Cranberry-Orange Spice Cookie that I'm sharing today. This was a new cookie I tried this year and I have to say it definitely belongs on the nice list!!  And keep reading, I've also teamed up today with some other bakers to share what they've been whipping up, plus you can link up your cookies AND the icing on the cake cookie is a giveaway to enter...

Cranberry-Orange Spice Cookies | Cooking on the Front Burner #Christmascookies #goodhousekeeping

I originally shared this with Julie at White Lights on Wednesday for my contributor post last month and now it's your turn to get this tasty recipe.  I love Christmas cookies and this year, while we have our favorites in our 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).  This recipe just jumped out to me.

Cranberry-Orange Spice Cookies

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 10 minutes plus chilling time
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Recipe:  Good Housekeeping
Makes 5 dozen
    • 2 3/4 cups flour
    • 1/4 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 cup butter (NO substitutions)
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • Basic dough (above)
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped craisins
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
    • 2 tsp grated fresh orange peel
    • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    • 3 Tbl green sugar crystals
    • 3 Tbl red sugar crystals
    1. Start making dough by combining the flour, baking soda and salt
    2. In a large bowl mix on medium speed the butter and sugar for 1 minute until creamy.
    3. Add egg and vanilla; beat until well mixed.
    4. Reduce speed to low and add in flour gradually along with the craisins, ginger, orange peel and pumpkin pie spice
    5. 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)
    6. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 10 hours (or 2 in freezer)
    7. Preheat oven to 350 and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
    8. Place the green crystals on a piece of wax paper then unwrap one log and roll/pat crystals onto log.
    9. Cut log into 1/4" thick slices and bake for 14-16 minutes (until golden)
    10. Cool on wire rack
    11. Repeat with red crystals with other log.
    12. These need to be stored in a tight container room temp for one week or can be frozen up to 3 months.
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    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!

    Cranberry-Orange Spice Cookies | Cooking on the Front Burner #cranberryorange #christmascookies

    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. 

    Cranberry-Orange Spice Cookies | Cooking on the Front Burner #cranberryorangecookies

    Cranberry-Orange Spice Cookies | Cooking on the Front Burner #christmascookies

    Now it's your turn to link up your favorite Holiday Cookie and enter to win a $50 gift card from Target!  Happy Holidays! 

    Let's meet the hostesses of this fun link party:
    Ang from Juggling Act Mama is bringing Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Teri from The Freshman Cook is bringing Cardamom Orange Sugar Cookies
    Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes is bringing Italian Anise Cookies
    Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama is bringing Biscoff Snickerdoodles
    Paula from Call me PMc is bringing White Chocolate Chip Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
    Stacey from Glued to my Crafts is bringing Almond Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
    Deb from Cooking on the Front Burner is bringing Cranberry Orange Slice Cookies
    Jaime from Mom's Test Kitchen is bringing Holiday Vanilla Pudding Cake Cookies
    Marilyn from 4 You With Love is bringing Chocolate Peppermint Rice Crispy Treats

    Please be sure to hop around and visit all the ladies and check out their tasty cookies!  
    Join the Holiday Cookie Link Party!

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    1. There's always room for more cookies. ;) These cookies are so so pretty! Perfectly dressed this time of year and I love the cranberry and orange combo!

    2. I love cranberry and orange! :) These cookies look so holiday festive, Deb! :) Love them!

    3. My favorite is sugar cookie cut outs. It is the only time of the year that I make them.

    4. I love how festive these cookies are Deb, with cranberry's baked in. Beautiful!

    5. Bring on the cookies! I love them all but absolutely love baking and eating royal iced sugar cookies.

    6. Deb, these are gorgeous! The flavors you explained must be out of this world. Pinning. (=

    7. I love peppermint chocolate chip cookies!

    8. My favorite kind of holiday cookie is orange slice!

    9. I don't discriminate. I love all cookies!

    10. Cranberry and orange are such a great flavors for this time of year! Pinned these, Deb :) Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    11. I make a fine cookie called Butterfingers. They melt in your mouth. That has always been my fav.


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