Cran-Orange Icebox Cookies
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
Makesabout 5 dozen
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons 2% milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
- 2/3 cup chopped dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 8 to 10 drops red food coloring, optional
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
- Transfer 1 cup dough to a small bowl; stir in orange zest and set aside. Add the cranberries, pecans and, if desired, food coloring; divide in half.
- Line an 8x4-in. loaf pan with waxed paper. Press one portion of cranberry dough evenly into pan; top with orange dough, then remaining cranberry dough. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
- Remove dough from pan; cut in half lengthwise. Cut each portion into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets.
- Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts1 cookie: 90 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 41mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.
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Jan 15, 2018
These look like something I'd like to try. After reading the instructions, #2 should state to add the cranberries, pecans and food coloring into the OTHER half and then divide that in half, just to be specific in case somebody doesn't understand it.
Dec 10, 2016
They were pretty but mine lacked flavor. Maybe will try orange flavoring.
Dec 9, 2016
Delicious, easy to make cookies. Nice for Christmas.
Dec 8, 2014
I baked these cookies yesterday and I love them. They are not too sweet and the layers are different. I will make these again.
Apr 14, 2014
very good. I confess I was a bit lazy, and made them into logs which gave a swirled effect when sliced-but the squares in the picture are what caught my eye. I made 450 cookies for a tea-and the logs were a time saver for me. Crisp, light and so pretty
Nov 8, 2012
love this recipe. Made it for the first time last year. When I sliced the cookies I used a tomato slicer. Held the dough while I sliced.
Jan 7, 2012
This was my favorite new holiday recipe.They also looked just like the picture. Yum!
Dec 15, 2011
So tasty and easy to make. These are a do over
Dec 9, 2010
Subbing the orange for lemon is also very tasty!