Cranberry Almond Shortbread Cookies


This Cranberry Almond Shortbread cookie recipe has been in my TRY ME folder for about a year. They look so elegant, right?

Since you are probably already in holiday mode right now–earlier than last year, it seems–this would be a good cookie to add you your Christmas Cookie Platter or next Cookie Exchange.  My batch is already in the freezer to be ready to use at a moment’s notice.

I thought this was a very easy recipe to make and I have never made shortbread anything before.  Enjoy!

Cranberry Almond Shortbread Cookies
Yields 56
A sweet shortbread cookie with the joy of cranberries & almond flavoring. Then there's white chocolate...
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  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon almond extract
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 cup finely chopped, sweetened cranberries
  7. 8 oz. white chocolate (with cocoa butter), cut up
  8. 2 teaspoons shortening
  1. In a stand mixer, beat butter on medium to high for 30 seconds. Add sugar, almond extract, and salt. Beat until combined, occasionally scraping sides of bowl. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in cranberries.
  2. Divide dough in half, shaping each half into a 7-inch log, 1 1/2-inch in diameter. Wrap each in waxed paper, twisting the ends of the paper to seal. Chill for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Cut chilled or frozen logs into 1/4-inch slices. Place slices about 1 inch apart on cookie sheets.
  4. Bake about 10 minutes or just until firm and lightly browned on bottoms. Cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. In a heavy, medium saucepan combine the white chocolate and shortening and stir over low heat until melted.
  6. Dip each cookie in melted chocolate just halfway then place on wire rack over waxed paper and let stand until set.
Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens
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Cake Mix Cookies

cake mix cookies


If you know me at all, you know I love simple ideas with great results.  This cookie recipe fits the bill.  You can take just about any cake mix, add eggs and butter, and then just about any add-ins that you can imagine.  Here’s an idea:  yellow cake mix, macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips.  Yep, that easy. Wait, here’s another one:  Spice cake mix, walnuts, Craisins.  Oh my gosh, I can’t stop.  Enjoy.

Cake Mix Cookies
Easy, peasy cookie.
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  1. 1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1/2 cup butter, melted
  4. 1/2 cup quick oats
  5. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix until well-blended.
  2. Use a cookie scoop to transfer dough to a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
  4. Hide from everyone until you are ready to serve.
  1. Have fun with add-ins and different flavored cake mixes!
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