Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cranberry Ice Box Cookies

I love Ice Box Cookies.
Do they still call them that?

I love them because I can make them up and cook them later.  
If I'm going to a party and only need 2 dozen cookies, 
I can slice and bake without having to mess my kitchen up.

It's one of the ways I've learned to survive the high stress season:
Have as much premade as possible.

I found this recipe on Pinterest, 
pinned from a pretty Food blog 
Photo credit belongs to Lisa, at Lisa is Bossy
I'm going to make these tomorrow and I'll let you know how they turn out.  
I'm thinking of adding some orange peel, 
as cranberry and orange are my 2 favorite flavors, 
plus it's orange season in Florida now.  
What do you think?  Orange in, or out? 

Here is the recipe:

Cranberry Noel Cookies
Makes 35 - 40 cookies
2-8 oz sticks salted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 T milk or cream
1 t vanilla
1/2 t salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 c chopped pecans
3/4 c chopped dried cranberries
1/4 c extra sugar

Cream butter and sugar til fluffy. Add milk and vanilla - mix. Add flour and salt - mix well.  It might seem crumbly at this point but if you keep blending it will come together eventually.  Add the cranberries and pecans. 

Roll into 2 logs about 8 x 1 1/2".  Wrap and chill for 2 hours in the fridge.  I've also put them in the freezer for 30-60 minutes and this works the same way.  You just want it to be firm enough to cut without misshaping the round cookie. 

Wrap and chill for 2 hours
Slice cookies about 1/4" thick.  Roll edges of cookie in sugar (if you want.  But I highly recommend!) 

lace on lightly greased cookie sheets, or Silpats. Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes.  DON'T OVER-BAKE (well, unless you like hard hockey puck type cookies...)


I'll let you know how they turn out and add my own photos.  
I'm so excited to try something new.  

Be blessed and be a blessing
Choose Joy!

PS:  If you're super stressed and need an easy crock pot meal, try the Lasagna Soup.  My husband and son want to me to make it again already.  Score!!!  


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am hosting a cookie exchange Sunday afternoon and this recipe looks delicious!

Khammany @ Sweet Inspired Home said...

I love the cookies that you just need to pull out of the freezer too. So easy!

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