Thursday, December 8, 2011

Cookie Exchange 2011


I love cookies, link up parties and new recipes!

And, I adore Mel's blog!

Her virtual cookie exchange party is the perfect combination of my favorite holiday things.

Last year my friend Jami and I hosted a real cookie exchange party for the ladies of our church.  You can read all about the festive fun here.

I took these delicious cranberry orange cookies to the cookie exchange.  They were a hit in real life so I figured you guys out in the blogosphere would enjoy them, too.

I found the recipe here.   I Googled "cranberry orange cookies" and this was the first recipe on the search results.  It looked easy enough so I gave it a try.  I highly recommend the recipe.

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped cranberries
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions
1.Preheat the 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 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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7 comments:

  1. Wow, these look great. I love cranberries. I don't think they get the respect they deserve.

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  2. Those are really pretty, Michelle. We are making cranberry loaves for our neighbors tomorrow.

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  3. I LOVE anything cranberry. These cookies look really delicious. So glad you linked up! Can't wait to make them :)

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  4. Mmmmm!!!! LOoks yummy. I want to bake this weekend :)

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  5. Those cookies look so good! Thanks for the recipe, I'm a new follower!

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  6. I made these as well! Yours are way prettier, though ;) Would love you to come link up for my Christmas Cookie Countdown :)

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  7. Oh, and p.s. I am a new follower ;)

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