Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cranberry Noel Cookies

These are the 2 logs before I cut them.

These are the cookies before baking.

Cranberry Noel Cookies after baking

I saw Martha Stewart making these Cranberry Noel Cookies on her show.  They looked really good.  It seemed like she got the recipe from someone else but I'm not sure.  I also read on a website that this recipe is in one of her cookbooks.  I am here to tell you that these are worth making and eating! Thanks Martha.

Yield: 5 dozen cookies


1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon rum extract
½ teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup dried cranberries
½ cup chopped pecans
¾ cup shredded unsweetened coconut


1.       Beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes
2.       Add milk, vanilla and salt
3.       Beat until just combined
4.       Gradually add flour, cranberries and pecans
5.       Mix on low speed until fully combined
6.       Divide dough in half
7.       Shape each half into an 8-inch log, about 2 inches in diameter
8.       Roll logs in coconut, pressing lightly to coat the outside of logs
9.       Wrap logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours
10.   Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
11.   Using a sharp knife, cut logs into ¼ inch thick slices
12.   Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, about 1-1/2 inches apart
13.   Bake until edges are golden, about 12 minutes
14.   Transfer to wire rack to cool
Store  for up to 2 weeks in an airtight