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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… 😉

To pick up your very own bag of Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries, you can go online to http://www.CapeCodSelect.com to order online/find your location or head to my favorite local pick up at:

Central Market

4651 WestFree way

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..

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