Boozy Cranberry Cookies

Boozy cranberry cookies / SHE-EATSIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…which is why I bought a bag of dried cranberries with no thought about why! I was in the baking aisle, making mental notes about festive baking, and when I got to the till these were in my trolley!Boozy cranberry cookies / SHE-EATS

I prefer dried cranberries to fresh for baking – I find fresh a bit tart- but they do need some life putting back in them. As I am feeding my Christmas cakes with orange liqueur there was a bottle open, but you could just as easily use orange juice.Boozy cranberry cookies / SHE-EATS

The orange hit is really vital in these – I think orange and cranberry is a perfect festive combo. So make sure you zest at least two large oranges, more if you have them. Oh and if you have any, chuck in ¼ tsp of orange extract as well.a pile of boozy cranberry cookies

Boozy Cranberry Cookies

Makes up to 24 depending on size

  • 100g dried cranberries
  • Approx 3 tbsp orange liqueur
  • 150g unsalted butter, room temp
  • 75g soft dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

What you do

  • The day before you plan to bake, put the cranberries in the booze and let them steep

Baking day

  • Preheat oven to 200c and line a baking tray or two with baking parchment
  • In a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until well combined
  • Add the cranberries, plus any boozy juice left behind, and the orange zest
  • Mix in the flour and baking powder (use a slow setting if using a stand mixer)
  • Using either your hands or spoons, create small balls of dough. Hands up- I measured mine so they were a similar size. Balls of 24-28g gave me 22 cookies
  • Put the dough balls on the baking tray – leave plenty of room. I got 8 on at once
  • Bake for approx 10 mins or until they have turned a light golden colour
  • Delicious warm and cold!

Bake-of-the-weekI’m entering this into Bake of the Week over on CasaCostello– pop over and see some even better festive bakes!

Edit: images updated January 2018


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Posted by Claire

She eats. She drinks. She cooks. She travels. She learns. She tastes. She bakes. A foodie with exceptional taste! Always looking for the best food and drink producers from far and wide. Chocolate brownie queen. Judge: International Cheese Awards. Cheese fiend! Travel lover. What better way to discover new food, than to travel to it. Massive fan of The Archers. Crazy cat lady and proud. NW England / Manchester / UK Twitter & Insta: She_Eats_Blog Facebook: SheEatsBlog

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