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shortbread2I love love LOVE to bake, but almost all (okay, ALL) of my favorite, regular recipes involve chocolate in some way – pretty much the only exception are the holiday shortbread cookie press cookies that my mom always made, which are therefore a part of my heritage so the absence of chocolate is okay in this one and ONLY instance.  So you can imagine my surprise when I found a recipe for shortbread cookies in a magazine (originally for lime / cherry) and decided I HAD to try them.  It must have been fate, because they are delicious and I’ll definitely be making them again next year (if not sooner).   I wrapped a few up for a few of our neighbors and had them sitting out on Christmas Eve for everyone to nibble on – they were gone within one day, as you can imagine.

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I adapted this recipe to suit my need for orange and cranberry, and I’m excited to try it with other flavors (lemon-poppy seed!).  Please try it – you’ll be so glad you did:

Orange Cranberry Shortbread Cookies:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 Tbsp grated orange peel
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until blended.  Beat in the orange peel and vanilla.  In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.  Stir in Cranberries.
  2. Divide the dough in half; shape each into a 7-in-long roll.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (about 2 hours).
  3. Unwrap and cut dough into 1/4-in slices.  Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until edges are slightly golden brown.

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