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September 10, 2012

MAINE- Cranberry Orange Cookies

Finally, a new installment for OUR COOKIE NATION series!
Because my mom was very ill most of this year, and passed away in mid July, so I am just now getting back on the bandwagon with my schedules, goals, ideas, and what nots. Its exciting and a little overwhelming too, but having more time to spend in the kitchen is a real pleasure.lovely!

This is a cookie that we ALL really liked! It is most definitely one I will be making again.  Honestly, I wasn't really gung-ho on this recipe, since I'm not a big fan of citrus flavor cookies,  but I will say that I really liked these!
Try them, you'll like them too.  A shout out to the people in the state of Maine who made this their favorite cookie during the holidays!

1 c. butter, softened
1 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. grated orange zest
2 Tbsp. orange juice
2 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. dried cranberries, chopped
1/2 c. walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together, the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar, until creamy.  Add egg, and mix again. Add the orange zest and the orange juice, and combine.
In a separate bowl put the flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together.
Add the flour mix to the creamed sugar, and combine well.  Add the chopped cranberries and walnuts, stir until they are evenly distributed through out the dough.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto un-greased baking sheets. Spacing at least 2 inches apart (my first pan of cookies had 12 on it, and they spread into each other during baking).
Bake 12-14 minutes until the edges are just beginning to brown.  Remove from the oven and cool on wire racks.
Cool completely and drizzle orange glaze of them.

1/2 tsp. grated orange zest
3 Tbsp. orange juice
1 1/2 c powdered sugar

Mix together until smooth, and using a fork, drizzle the glaze onto the cookies.

Something to ponder:  The recipe doesn't actually state using dried cranberries, I just took that for granted.  Besides, fresh cranberries aren't available here in August.

Recipe Source: orange cookies

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