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My favorite Christmas/Winter Holidays Cookie:

Cranberry (- Nut) Drop Cookies

From the collection of Georgia Denman

Ingredients:

½ c. butter or margarine

1 c. granulated sugar

¾ c packed brown sugar

¼ c. milk

2 T orange juice

1 egg

2 1/3 c. All-purpose flour

1 t. baking powder

1 t. baking soda

½ t. salt

1 c. chopped nuts (optional) When I use nuts, I use chopped walnuts

2 1/2 c. coarsely chopped cranberries

Directions:

Cream butter and sugars together.

Beat in the milk, orange juice and egg.

Mix together the next four (dry) ingredients.

Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture a cup or so at a time, and mix well.

Stir in nuts (if using) and cranberries.

Drop by teaspoonfuls on to greased baking sheet.

Bake in a moderate oven (375°) about 12 minutes, until lightly browned on bottom and edges. Makes about 6 ½ dozen.

Other than the cut out cookies, these say Winter holidays to me. If I only made one cookie this would be it.

Very moist. Definitely store in one layer, or separated in layers by waxed paper or aluminum foil in plastic container or tin. They will stick together if not layered separately.

Colorful and a bit tart. These are great with a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa or a glass of milk.

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Baking Plan

Are you baking the cookies on your own?  Do you have young helpers? A group of Teenagers?  Little ones and Elderly? Girls and Boys? Women and Men? Physically or mentally challenged? You can adjust to have a fun time, building skills and joyful memories.

Here’s a baking plan for a good variety of memory making Cookies:                                                                   

If Rolled and Cut Out Cookies are an important part of your Cookie Baking Experience:

Depending on the ages of your cookie bakers, you can pre-mix doughs for the rolled and cut out cookies – for instance:  the Sour Cream Cut Out Cookies, the Cut Out Sugar Cookies, and the Gingersnaps, so that the dough will be ready for your bakers.

If starting all the cookies from the beginning with your bakers, have them start with the Drop Cookies, while others mix the dough that needs to chill.

Do Not believe that You have to make rolled and cut out cookies.  A good variety of Drop Cookies and Bar Cookies shows your love and teaches cookie making from scratch to the next generation.

Sour Cream Drop Cookies, Sugar Drop Cookies, Cranberry Drop Cookies, Molasses Drop Cookies, Raisin and Nut Drop Cookies, and a couple Bar Cookies like Jelly Bar Cookies, Seven Layer Bars, Rice Krispies Squares and Brownies make nice presentations and teach “from scratch” cookie baking skills.

If time is restricted – when is it not? the grocery store refrigerated rolls or packaged dry cookies being cooked and baked by you and your ‘bakers’ is easy and quick fun and quick success.

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