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Cranberry Cookies with Browned Butter Glaze

I won a baking contest with these chunky glazed cookies that are so easy, even novice bakers can pull them off. What makes them special? Fresh cranberries. —Laurie Cornett, Charlevoix, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2-1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and orange juice. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in cranberries, baking chips and pecans.
  • Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls 1 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For glaze, in a small heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Heat 5-7 minutes or until golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough water to reach a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 130 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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