Archive for December, 2019

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Cranberry Cookie Bars

December 24, 2019

20191216 Cranberry Cookie Bars 02These sweet, rich treats are a great way to celebrate the fresh cranberries that you will find in the store in the late fall and winter. They will disappear quickly!

You will need:

  • 2 c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar, packed
  • 1 T plus 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 T ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 c flour
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries, picked through for any stems, rinsed and patted dry (you can substitute frozen — but use them frozen!)

Then you will…

  1. Line a 9×13 baking pan with foil and lightly grease.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter with sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the vanilla, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Mix in the flour until incorporated.
  5. Using your hands, spread 3/4 of the batter into the prepared pan. Allow it to come a little up the sides.
  6. Spread the fresh cranberries on top.
  7. Crumble or drop the remaining batter on top of the cranberries.
  8. Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  9. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until golden and set.
  11. Allow to cool for a half hour in the pan before you try to remove the cookie bars.
  12. Then allow to finish cooling on a wire rack before cutting.

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Sugar and Spice Cookies

December 10, 2019

These figure cookies are lightly crispy and delicious. They are full of warming spices like you would find in gingerbread, building on a sugar cookie base.

You will need:

  • 1 c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 t ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cardamom
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 c flour

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix in the ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom and salt.
  4. Mix in the flour.
  5. Form a ball with the dough and flatten slightly. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/2-inch thick. Cut into desired shapes.
  8. Place onto the prepared baking sheets and bake until starting to turn golden, about 8-10 minutes.

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