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Orange-Pecan Shortbread Cookies with Cranberry Icing

Cookies are a staple of Christmas, at least in our home.  However, we always seem to have the same ol same ol.  Chocolate chip pecan, thumbprints, spritzers, sugar cookies with royal icing…while all are equally delicious, it can become a bit humdrum.

That being said, I had to step up to the plate with my duty of making the already famous cranberry the star of Christmas this year!  Through great luck (and all of that “hard work of being a food blogger” 😉 I have been fortunate enough to be a recipient of a large package of perfect Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries on my doorstep! This box addressed to me, “Railroad Wife in Texas”, on frozen ice and all, was just screaming to NOT be made into your average pie, relish or smoothie..but into a fantastic dessert!  When one thinks of cranberries their mind often goes to that bowl at the end of the table that all too often gets neglected…not here my friend! This is front and center and oh so delicious!

…and dang, did I knock it out of the park!  Plus with the freshness of real orange juice, zest and cranberries I like to consider these guys healthy too!  So have another… 😉

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Fort Worth, Texas 76107

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The Starting Lineup

Shortbread Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 6 TBSP granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 TBSP orange zest
  • 2/3 cup orange juice, fresh
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup (sticks) butter, unsalted and cubed

Cranberry Icing

  • 1 cup Cape Cod Select Premium frozen cranberries
  • 5 TBSP water, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar 

SHORTBREAD COOKIES:

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees; Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Cube your two sticks of butter and then place in the freezer (you really want cold butter).

In a large (i.e. Kitchen Aid) mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, pecans, sugar).  Using your mixer with the paddle attachment, cut in the cold butter till it looks almost “crumbly”.  Next add in the orange zest, orange juice and almond extract.

Switch to the kneading attachment and knead until combined and forms a ball.

*If too dry add 1Tbsp of water at a time till ball forms.  If too tacky/wet, add 1Tbsp of flour at a time till smooth.

Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin.  Roll the dough out to 1/4″ and use your favorite cookie cutter to cut out festive shapes.  Alternatively, you can roll into a log-form and cut into disk shapes.  Place cookies onto the parchment lined baking sheets. 

Place into the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes.  The middle should be set and the bottoms slightly browned.  Cool for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling before applying the icing.

ICING:

In a saucepan, add in the 1 cup of cranberries, 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and 2 TBSP of water.  Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Pour this mix with the remaining 3 TBSP water into a blender and puree.

*Optional to strain into a medium size bowl using a sieve to catch any ‘bits & pieces’..I, however, like it with them in the icing, adds a bit of a rustic touch!

To your puree, whisk in the remaining powdered sugar.  As it sets, it will slightly thicken.  *You can whisk in a bit more powdered sugar if you prefer it even sweeter and thicker.  

Once the cookies have cooled, apply a small spoonful of the icing to the center of each cookie.  Using a small tipped pastry brush (or heck, even a new paint brush), fan out to the edge of your cookies.  You can add more (another layer) to thicken the icing if desired.

Serve with a tall glas of milk and enjoy this holiday season..

Chewy Lemon Curd Cookie Bars

I’m a HUGE junkie for lemon anything…some of my fondest memories are from when we’d eat at Marie Callendars restaurant as a child (when they were still everywhere) and my parents would let me order a big slice of Lemon Meringue pie…or even their Sour Cream Lemon (drooling!!) after my dinner.   I could also eat it all and not gain an ounce, not THATS a great memory in itself!

Anyway.  On the other side is my husband and he is a cookie fanatic..similar to the Cookie Monster if you will (I mean that in the nicest of ways 😉  So with this quick to assemble recipe I was thinking of both of us…and we both loved it indeed!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted (1/2 cup)
  • 10oz jar lemon curd
  • Powdered sugar, garnish  

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, melt the butter in the microwave (30 second increments).  Next remove the bowl of melted butter and whisk in the granulated and light brown sugar till just combined. 

 Now stir in the flour to finish off the crust and crumble topping (*reserve about 1 cup for the “crumble”). 

 Grease roughly a 9×9 greased baking dish and spoon in the crust mixture while pressing it evenly into the dish with your fingers. 

 Next simply pour the lemon curd overtop of your pressed in crust (*use a rubber spatula or back of a spoon to gently spread).  Sprinkle the remaining dough overtop of the crust in that crumble fashion 😉 

    Pop the now filled baking dish into the oven for 35-40 minutes (uncovered) and then allow to cool for 15 minutes.  Place in the refridgerator for about 45-60 minutes to fully cool (here is where you eat dinner to pass the time ;)).

Cut into bars and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  These slighty crunchy, super chewy, sweet & tart delights will go fast! 

 

Glazed Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles

In my home right now, Fall IS in the air!  The pumpkin pie spiced aroma is almost too much to take as my boys and I are baking, so we decide to play outside as the cookies cool.  …Going outside to play, that again told me it was Fall and no longer the hot summer months.

It also made it that much more pleasurable to go back in and REALLY smell that sweet & spicy goodness!  These delicious cookies are topped off with a glaze that can only make them better..if you can even imagine!! 🍂🍃🍂

The Starting Lineup

  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 sticks butter, unsalted softened 
  • 1 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature 
  • 3/4 cup of pumpkin purée 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Crust

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Simple Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract  

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and have to baking sheets prepped with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice. 

 In a seperate bowl with a hand mixer or a stand mixer and paddle attachment, cream together the softened 2 sticks of butter and the white and light brown sugar till fluffy (2-3 minutes) on medium speed. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and beat for 1 minute. Finally add in your pumpkin purée and beat together till just combined. 

     Now you’ll slowly add in the dry ingredients (flour mix), scraping the bowl as needed, and beat again until just combined. Do not overmix! Saran Wrap the top of this dough and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes (meanwhile clean the mess 😉 and get the ‘crust’ together. 
   In a shallow dish combine the 1/4 cup sugar and 1tsp each of the pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. (Remove dough from refridgerator). With a small spoon or better yet, a small small ice cream scoop, scoop out a ball of dough and roll in the ‘crust’. Make sure to fully coat..you may need to make more sugar mix. 

   Place each dough ball onto the parchment lined baking sheets about 2″ apart. *I typically fit about a dozen per sheet. 

 Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven for 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through (at 5 minutes). Cool for 5-7 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Complete with the remaining dough and baking sheets till all are cooked and cooled. 

 Meanwhile, prepare the Simple Glaze for your finished cookies.  In a small bowl combine the glaze ingredients and whisk till smooth.  Now with the cooled cookies still on the wire rack over the baking sheet, you can either drizzle the glaze or dunk the cookie tops and replace on rack to soak in and harden. 

     Set these beauties on a pretty platter or immediately serve alongside a cold glass of milk!  Also…get ready to make another couple dozen, as they go quick!! 

 

Cranberry Granola Breakfast Cookies

Trying to figure out what to call these was harder than making them..is it a cookie?  A teeny tiny scone?  A fluffy granola bar?  So yeah, it’s kind of a delicious hybrid.

How this came about was my sweet, sweet lil boy was sick and wouldn’t eat a thing!  In turn making me feel horrible..then one morning he told me he wanted a ‘cookie’!  At this point I would of given him whatever he wanted to get food in his belly, but…. I figured why not add some nutrients??  *disclaimer, I’m not claiming these to be “healthy” but they’re more nutrient full than your average triple chocolate chip! 😉

All in all they’re pretty yummy and I can promise you that if your picky child won’t eat breakfast, offer him one of these cookies..and a piece of fruit of course! 😉

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 1/2 cup granola
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl we’ll start with some of our dry ingredients.  Mix together the granola, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg. 

Next up, your stand mixer..in goes your softened butter and both the granulated & brown sugars.  Beat those together about 4 minutes till light & creamy.  Slowly, add one egg in at a time and your pure vanilla extract.

Once combined evenly, pour in your dry mix (little by little) till the beater has fully incorporated it. 

Ok, the hard part is done and you’re getting closer to your reward… Take the bowl off of the stand mixer base and fold in your cranberries, chocolate and chopped nuts. 

Roll 2″ balls of dough and place about 1-2 inches apart on prepared, parchment-paper lined baking sheets.  This dough is a lil sticky, recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies. 

Bake your goodies for 10 minutes, then allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.  Enjoy!! 

Caramelized Pecan & Banana Pudding

I’ve yet to meet a soul who doesn’t enjoy this.  My kids would take a bath in it if they could…quite frankly, after they’re done enjoying a bowl it literally looks like they did.

Cool vanilla pudding, warm pecans, brown sugar and bananas topped with vanilla wafers.  Indulge a little!  This is a great treat at anytime of day loved by kids and adults alike.

Though I will admit that this could be easier.  You can NEVER beat the taste and texture of homemade pudding, BUT (yes there’s a but) I will completely understand if you just buy a box of Jell-O.  It would be much easier for any cook and with the warm topping, I promise you it will be just as delicious.

Please, please promise me though that you’ll at least attempt the homemade ‘Nilla Wafers!  They’re stupid easy…however, if you buy a box, I won’t fault you either ;). Enjoy!! xo

The Starting Lineup 

Pudding

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt  

Pecan Banana Topping

  • 3 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt 

Vanilla Wafers

Let’s start this pudding!  Get together an ice bath (larger bowl with a few cups of ice and a slightly smaller bowl fit snugly inside, over the ice). Set aside.

In a small bowl, separate your egg yolks from the whites.  Beat the yolks until their light colored and smooth.

With a small pot on your stove top whisk together your flour, sugar and salt.  In same pot over medium heat whisk in your milk and vanilla.  Whisk these 5 ingredients together till combined.  Keep cooking on the stove top, whisking occasionally until you see it just start to boil.

  

Now verrrrryyyy slowly and fluidly, (*tempering) take the hot liquid and pour into your bowl of beaten egg yolks while whisking.  Again, do this VERY slow at first or the hot liquid will literally ‘scramble’ your eggs and it’s over for ya.  This is the trickiest part for sure but absolutely doable.  *I could NOT get a picture of me doing all of this while attempting to temper the eggs.  Any photographers out there??

Once you have your liquid and egg yolks combined into a smooth, custard like cream, pour back into your pot on the stovetop.  While whisking often, cook this cream over med-low heat for roughly 5-7 minutes.  It will thicken as it cooks.  *If it seems a bit loose, make a slurry of cornstarch and milk and whisk right in.

Now back to that ice bath you made earlier.  Place a fine mesh sieve over your top bowl and pour your pudding through it while gently pressing it through with a rubber spatula.  That ice from under your top bowl will begin the cooling process of your pudding.

Once all of the pudding is pressed through the sieve, take a sheet of Saran Wrap and cover the entire bowl.  Make sure the Saran Wrap is actually touching the top of the pudding.  This will help it not form that unsightly “skin”.

Place your bowl of homemade pudding into your fridge and allow to cool completely.  Prepare your cookies once your pudding has thickened.  While the cookies are cooling on a wire rack, you can begin your topping and it will all come together nicely.

Topping

This part is the easy part.  I promise.  This also would be crazy delicious over ice cream, waffles or a slice of creamy cheesecake!

In a saucepan on the stovetop, place in you chopped pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and butter.

Over medium heat stir together till the brown sugar and butter melts together forming a glaze, about 3 minutes.

Once those ingredients are incorporated, gently fold in your sliced bananas.  Cook for another 3 minutes and it’s done!  It’s ready to spoon onto any dessert and enjoy!

In a small dish or bowl, spoon in 1/2 cup of pudding.  Layer a bit of your caramelized pecans & bananas over top. Repeat with another layer of pudding and your warm topping.  Garnish with a few of your vanilla wafers and serve!

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