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Friday, October 1, 2010

Week 1 of 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies: Cranberry Noels

Today, we kick off our "12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies" bake-along. I had a really hard time deciding what to bake. There are so many cookies that I want to try and so many more that I know are really good, that picking just one each week is going to be the toughest part of this challenge.

I had recently picked up a packet of dried cranberries to make some breakfast bars (more on that in another post), and I love the flavor they impart. So when I saw the recipe for these cookies, I knew I had to give it a go. Pecans are impossible to find in my part of the world, so I used walnuts instead. These cookies have a lovely chewy texture. The cranberries surprise you with a lovely tartness and the walnuts add some crunch to it.

Cranberry Noels
Adapted from: Martha Stewart

1 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped 

Cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy.

Add the vanilla and milk and beat until just combined.

Gradually add the flour, cranberries, and walnuts and mix gently until fully combined.

Divide the dough into 2 portions and roll each portion into a log. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Using a sharp knife, cut logs into slices and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets.

Bake until edges are golden or 14 to 16 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through. Remove from oven, and transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. What a wonderful recipe to ring in the upcoming Christmas season.

  2. Looks pretty and super festive.

  3. They look great! I have a cookie recipe that has dried cranberries in it and its one of my most asked for around Christmas. Thanks for sharing this one!

  4. These look great!! I have some dried cranberries in the cabinet, may have to give these a try!

  5. These sound great!!! I love anything Martha for sure! Look forward to baking along with you the next 12 weeks :)

  6. Thanks guys ... i'm having a blast ... can't wait to see all that turns up during these 12 weeks!

  7. Looks like a lovely cookie and I love cranberry. So many great cookies, I cant wait to see what you pick next week!

  8. amanda @ fake gingerOctober 2, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Those look fantastic! I love cranberry cookies during the holidays! The Land O'Lakes website has a cranberry-orange one that I make every year. You should give it a try!

  9. Cranberries are a definitely sign to me that the holidays are coming.

    And soon!

  10. Yum, love the look of these!

  11. These definitely sound great - I love the combination of cranberries and nuts. Going on my list!

  12. Thanks guys!!!


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