Monday, December 22, 2008

Cranberry Noels




There are some things that we know will be consistent. In this case it's a Martha Stewart recipe for Cranberry Noels. These are such a simple refrigerator cookie and once cut and baked, you might even get a smiley face design on your cookie. The taste is very shortbread like with dried fruit and nuts.

Ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks)butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add milk and vanilla. Beat until just combined. With mixer on low, gradually add flour, salt, cranberries and pecans, continue beating until fully combined.

2. Turn dough out onto a clean work surface and divide into 2 equal pieces. Shape each piece into an 8-in log about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.





3. Preheat oven to 375 F. Using a sharp knife,cut logs into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until edges are golden 14-16 minutes (mine were done in 12 minutes), rotating baking sheets halfway through. Remove from oven, and transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

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26 comments:

OhioMom said...

Okay, I just like these :) No dried cranberries, but I do have dried cherries ... wonder if they would work as well ?

Guess I will find out ..

giz said...

Ohio Mom - dried cherries would for sure work. When I thought I was using dried cranberries, I was really using raspberry flavoured dried cranberries and they're great.

Joelen said...

I love how the jeweled cranberries look in this cookie!

Ben said...

Wow, what an interesting recipe! I am not a big fan of dried cranberries, but I bet they are delicious in that bread :)

Elra said...

I love Martha, and this recipe will absolutely work for me.
Have a wonderful holiday.
Cheers,
Elra

Psychgrad said...

Looks good Giz...just one question...Who the hell is going to eat all of this?

Sharon said...

Oh wow, that is an awesome holiday recipe - thanks for sharing!

Choosy Beggar TIna said...

I'm loving the cranberry kick right now. Raisins are great and everything, and currants do have a place in my heart, but for some reason holiday baking makes me crave the cran.

noble pig said...

Oh these are cute...I love them...very festive!

kat said...

Those sound tasty & perfect for the season. The smiley face is a great extra.

OhioMom said...

Okay, "cherry noels" have been added to the Christmas Cookie plate, I baked them today. There is just one problem ... these cookies are so good I have to hide them from me :)

Bunny said...

These are so pretty, and what a bonus to get a cookie with a smiley face! Hope you and your family have a wondwerful holiday!

April in CT said...

I just pulled the first batch out of the oven and they are delicious! I usually make some mix of chocolate chip/peanut butter/oatmeal cookie or snickerdoodles so I thought it was time to try something new. The pecans get this toasted flavor and it's fantastic. Thank you!!

Hope you and your family have a happy and safe holiday season. :)

Lisa said...

The cranberries in your cookies look so festive! I usually shy away from fruit in cookies but this year I made Fresh Cranberry Drop cookies and loved the tangy fruit flavor. They were bright and delicious. Add a shortbread texture and these must be fantastic!

Cakebrain said...

I like food that smiles at me before I eat it!
I swear, that looks like Frosty the Snowman's grinning face!

Grace said...

i love that you found a smiley face in that cookie! great treat, perfectly appropriate for the holidays.
and hey--merry christmas!

Darius T. Williams said...

Amazing! they look great!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

NĂºria said...

Hola girls! I like your cookies! Sorry didn't show up before :(

I even like the name, sound delicious and simple: two great reasons :D

shambo said...

Those do look good. I love anything with cranberries in them. I can understand how tempting they might be. I'd have to store them under lock & key.

Leslie said...

Oh these look tasty and easy!

Mrs. L said...

The smiling face in the cookie made me smile...a rare thing at work just a few days before Christmas!

Peter M said...

Oh Giz, my mom made cookies similar to these and they were (still are) great.

Jude said...

Is this from her recent cookie issue? I think I have a copy in the rubble that is my kitchen.

Lori Lynn said...

Oh I noticed the smilely face right away. Cute. Sounds like a great recipe.

nicisme said...

I... must... make... these!!!
Love them!

That Girl said...

As much as I want to hate Martha Stewart, her recipes are always so good!

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