Monday, December 14, 2015

I love cookies

Today is very different than yesterday-it is cold, clammy and dreary-that is not to say it is a BAD day just different-I actually like this kind of day-makes me want to curl up with a good book, a cup of tea, the fireplace on and OH YES COOKIES-I loooove cookies but of course I would have to make some so here is what I will  make today:

Cranberry Orange Almond Shortbread Cookies
makes 4 dozen(I will be doubling that)
Cook for 20minutes at 325 degrees

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioner's sugar(powdered)
3/4 t almond extract
1/2 t salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 T orange zest
2/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/3 cup dried cranberries chopped
Place butter, powdered sugar, almond extract and salt in a bowl of a stand mixer and beat until smooth, about 3 minutes. Turn mixer to low and gradually add flour and orange zest. Mix until dough forms. Stir in the almonds and cranberries with a spatula. Pat dough into a ball and then form into a log shape about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until firm about 2 hours. Remove the dough from the freezer and slice into 1/4 inch rounds. Place on a cookie sheet-1 inch apart- lined with parchment paper. Bake 20 minutes just until the edges start to turn golden. Let cool for about 5 minutes before removing cookies from the cookie sheet or they will crumble. These are delicate until they are completely cool.

Ok so have fun if you decide to make them and be sure to take some ME time with tea and freshly made cookies-toodles until whenever ---Cynthia

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