Thanks to Adam for taking those first two pictures - by the time I get home from work, it's getting dark. I've done my own take on Martha's Rum-Raisin Shortbread cookie recipe and modified it so I could use up some dried cranberries I had on hand, and avoid killing a friend with a citrus allergy (the original calls for orange zest). Firstly, (and of course, most importantly) they're extremely pretty - the cranberries make these look like the holidays. They also have a perfect crumbly texture, they're super easy, they're delicious, and best of all, you can make the dough ahead of time! I think I'm going to try modifying them a bit more, so I can leave out the coconut. But since I participated in a lovely cookie exchange last night and came home with 5 dozen cookies, I really don't need to make any more cookies in the near future.
Makes about 4 1/2 dozen
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (I had and used salted and omitted the extra salt)
- 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon + 2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and beat until combined. Reduce speed to low. Add flour, coconut, and salt, and beat for 3 minutes. Stir in cranberries by hand.
- Form dough into 2 logs, each about 1 1/2 inches in diameter; wrap in parchment, and refrigerate 1 hour (or up to 3 days).
- Preheat oven to 325. Remove parchment. Slice logs into 1/4-inch-thick rounds, and space about 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake until pale golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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