Cranberry Icebox Cookies

Posted by: Schmitty 10-24-99 5:18 PM

Cranberry Icebox Cookies

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup walnuts chopped fine
1/2 cup fresh cranberries, chopped coarse
1 teaspoon grated fresh orange peel
For decorations: 1/2 cup fresh cranberries cut in half

Mix flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually stir in flour mixture until blended. Stir in nuts, chopped cranberries and orange peel. Divide dough in half. Wrap and chill about 30 minutes or until firm enough to handle.

Shape each half into a 7 inch long roll. Wrap and chill about 3 hours until very firm or freeze.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

With a very sharp knife cut 1 roll at a time (keep remaining refrigerated) into 1/4 inch slices. Place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets. Press a cranberry half cut side down in each center. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to rack to cool.

Makes 56.

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