Sunday, December 7, 2008

Cranberry Orange and Pecan Sugar Cookies

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This is my friend's cookie recipe which she made and brought to my cookie swap. They are moist and delicious... and smell amazing!

Cranberry Orange and Pecan Sugar Cookies
recipe from Bakingbites.com

1 medium orange (any kind)
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
optional: 3/4 cup dried cranberries/milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Zest orange and add zest (about 1 tbsp) to butter mixture, along with 3-4 tbsp fresh orange juice (squeeze from remaining orange). Beat in eggs one at a time, followed by vanilla.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, blending it in at a low speed until no streaks of flour remain. Stir in pecan pieces and optional cranberries, etc., if using.

Drop dough onto prepared baking sheet in rounded teaspoonfuls (1-inch balls), leaving about 2 inches between cookies. Bake for 9-12 minutes, until edges of the cookies are lightly browned.

Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 3 dozen, slightly more if using add-ins.

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