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Friday, December 21, 2012

Cranberry Orange Christmas Sandies

I recently shared this over at Mandatory Mooch. I'm re-sharing it here in case you missed it over at Nichi's place. 

I'm not much of a cookie baker - except at Christmas time! I don't know what it is about the season that motivates me to actually want to bake cookies?! I am an equal opportunity cookie eater .... I don't discriminate and I don't have deep seeded trust issues from thinking raisins were chocolate chips .... Soft, chewy, crispy, fluffy, frosted, unfrosted, sprinkled or not - I love 'em all. However, I hate standing over them, waiting and watching .... switching out the batches every so many minutes. I hate to admit, but I don't have the patience. Patience is not one of my virtues. This time of year, it's easier to throw all of that impatience out the window and actually enjoy baking cookies.

When you have cookies as awesome as these Cranberry Orange Christmas Sandies, it's worth waiting and watching. Kids love them ... adults love them. They are very similar to Pecan Sandies - but get kicked up with some fruit and nonpareils. Wouldn't these look great on a Christmas cookie tray?! They are light and buttery, like a sandy should be - with a hint of fruitiness. They make great gifts for neighbors, teachers, co-workers ..... or just keep them all for yourself. No one will judge! ;)

Cranberry Orange Christmas Sandies
Printable recipe
Slightly adapted from BHG
Yield: 36 1-in. cookies

1 cup butter, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped dried cranberries
2 tsp. finely shredded orange peel
White, green and red nonpareils

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. 

In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar. Mix with mixer until well combined, stopping the machine once to scrape the sides. Add vanilla and flour. Mix until well combined. Add the cranberries and orange peel. 

Shape dough into 1-in. balls and roll in nonpareils. Arrange 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Immediately transfer from the pan to a cooling rack. Cool completely.

Note - To keep cookies fresh, store in a covered container. 

I hope you enjoy!

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  1. This looks great - thanks Jamie ! Pinned :-)

  2. No way!? These are exactly what I'm looking for! Yum! I love the orange and cranberry combo. Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

  3. Super cute! And I like the combination of cranberry and orange

  4. Made these this afternoon, yet another winning recipe from your blog. Thanks so much for posting!

  5. These would look nice on a cookie tray. Very festive. I like that they offer a flavor that's different from the usuals. Thank you for linking!

  6. I am a cookie lover, and also love cranberry orange comb. I have printed off the reciepe and will try these soon. I love cookies made with 10x sugar, my best sugar cookies and sprintz cookies both have 10x and they are melt in your mouth good........happy holiday Thank you andi the wednesday baker.

  7. Hi Friend! I'm stopping by from Wow Us Wednesdays (Family Home & Life) Link Up Party and was intrigued by your cookie. I made a similar one this year that I found in my Food Network Magazine. I love cranberry and orange together. Thanks for sharing these :)

  8. These sound wonderful. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

  9. Oh, Jamie- Those are so pretty! I love cranberry with orange. Thanks for the recipe! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  10. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes with Full Plate Thursday in 2012. Wishing you and your family the very best in 2013.
    Happy New Year!
    Miz Helen

  11. I love the cranberry orange combination, and these are so pretty! I chose these as my host favorite on Foodie Friends Friday this week, so you will be featured on Daily Dish Magazine Monday. Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Cranberries and oranges are classic thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!


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