Really great cookies!!
Known for making cookies for the church class potlucks, I made these and they were gone within moments. This recipe is one that's asked for quite often. I added pecans and vanilla to the recipe. Should the chopped cranberries be softened in vanilla, orange juice or something? What I didn't like was that the chopped cranberries were hard in the cookie. How could they be softened?
I doubted this cookie from the start with the limited amount of ingredients. I decided to test various flavors just for fun. I made two separate batches of dough. I used European butter and vanilla paste in both batches. I divided the dough up in to 7 different batches. First was the original recipe. Second was the same recipe but we added pecans and orange zest and made them in balls. (We liked the flat version the best of all cookies). These were the only two cookies we used cranberries in.
The 3rd cookie was just almond extract. The 4th and 5th batch were just vanilla paste AND whole vanilla bean. The 6th cookie had lime juice and lime zest. The next cookie was just with pecans and the last one was with lime juice with lemon AND lime zest. We tasted each batch when they were all done and honestly can't choose one over the other. They were all incredible. Soft but crisp, buttery but not too sweet and addictive!! Easy easy!
Used cherries because that's what I had but besides that no other changes and they were delicious. Lighter than using regular sugar. Made a chocolate icing and put a small drop on some of them to simulate a chocolate cherry cookie. These are good too. Wife loves them without. Will make again
Cookie exchange keeper!
I made for work cookie exchange tomorrow, was 2 short of 4 doz. no where near 6 doz. I tipped the edge in dark chocolate. Now I will have extras! Works for me!
Easy and awesome
I added almond extract and orange zest and these were a huge hit. Will make again. Note- if adding confectioners sugar on top, add just prior to serving as these have a lot of butter in them and the sugar on top won't stay looking dry overnight.