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Monday, October 8, 2012

Cranberry Citrus Cookies

Perfect fall cookies with cranberries, pecans and a mild citrus flavor
Source: Vanderbilt Wife blog

Taste: 5 (out of 5)
Difficulty: 1 (out of 5)

Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp orange zest (dried or fresh)
- 1 large egg
- 3 cups all-purpose or white whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 to 1-1/2 cups dried cranberries
Total: about 4 dozen cookies

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. Cream butter and sugars with an electric mixer until fluffy and combined. On low speed, mix in lemon juice, orange zest, and egg.
3. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add pecans and cranberries and fold to combine well.
4. Using a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon, drop the batter onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. Let sit on cookie sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool.

Afterthoughts:
- Delicious cookies, soft and moist and very simple to make.
- These cookies burn very quickly in the 375F oven, so watch them closely. The original recipe suggested 10-12 minutes baking, after about 11 minutes the cookies started to burn. Fortunately, this recipe makes quite a few batches, so I had enough "survivals" :-).
- The original recipe comes from a wonderful blog Vanderbilt Wife by Jessie. If you are not familiar with it yet, you should certainly visit. It has lots of great recipes, both savory and sweet. You will certainly find something to your liking. And as a bonus, Jessie also writes her thoughts about books she read, so you might find some food for thought there too :-).
- This was my SRC assignment. SRC, or the Secret Recipe Club is a group of over a hundred food bloggers, who are assigned a "secret" blog each months. Then they choose a recipe from that blog, make it and post it on their own blog on a given reveal day. Then there is a big party, where you hop from one blog to another and check what everyone's been cooking. Lots of fun! I want to thank Amanda, Jane and April for making it all possible!

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20 comments:

VanderbiltWife said...

Glad you liked them! I was working with an oven from 1970 when I made these, so the temperature might have been off. Probably better to bake at 350!

Jessie

Jaida said...

Such great holiday flavors!! Great choice!

Kristina @ spabettie said...

these sound perfect, thanks for sharing!

Lisa~~ said...

Delicious looking, great SRC choice.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings.

TeaLady said...

Tasty cookies

Lisa said...

Gotta love cranberries and orange!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Oh love the fruit combo here in a cookie, makes it light ans summery...good to face fall lol.

Barbara Bakes said...

Love the addition of lemon juice and orange zest.

Baker Street said...

Perfect for fall indeed. Love the addition of zest in these gorgeous cookies.

Nisa Homey said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by and for the lovely thought...hmmm these cookies are so tempting with the fruit combo and the citrus flavor..yum...keep connected :)

Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen said...

I love cranberry, what a great cookie recipe! I am bookmarking now :)

ANNA said...

I don't find so easily pecans in Italy can i replace with walnuts ??

ANNA said...

Thank you too, for stopping by my blog and for the answer !

Angie's Recipes said...

They are indeed a perfect fall cookies! I will have to replace pecans with walnuts.

motherrimmy said...

These cookies are perfect for the coming holiday season!

Sarah @ Miss Candiquik said...

These sound awesome! I love just about anything with orange zest, lemon, or cranberries - so I think this one will be a winner :)

mjskit said...

What a tasty cookies! I always love the combination of pecans and cranberries but the touch of orange and lemon really takes this cookie to a whole new level. Your cookies look scrumptious!!!

Baltic Maid said...

Beautiful Cookies!

Rhona @ Mrs Ellwood's Simple Life said...

These cookies look perfect to me- I love cranberries and pecans, and the citrus sounds as though it would just lift the whole yummy experience to a new level :)

Wanted to stop by also to say thank you for your sweet comment on my Marshmallow Fluff post! I really hope it works out for you- let me know how you get on? (Sorry, I couldn't find a way to contact you by email!)

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