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December 19, 2011

12 Days of Treats: Cranberry Noel Cookies (Day 7)

I cannot believe that Christmas day is less than a week away! I feel like there is still so much to do....and a lot of 'preparations' that still need to happen.  Somehow, it will all get always does!
When working on my 12 Days of Treats list, I realized that I had a good bit of re-vamped traditional favorites (like Almond Thumprints, Chocolate Shortbread, Peanut Butter Kisses) but I needed something new, something that screamed Christmas...which of course meant it HAD TO have cranberries in it!  That is how I got to these delicious babies!

Super sweet (from the dark chocolate), super tart (from the fresh cranberries), fluffy, light and delicious! The perfect cookie recipe to add to your traditional list.

Cranberry Noel Cookies
1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c sugar in the raw (really just shy of a 1/2 c)
1/2 c amber agave nectar
1/4 c 1% or skim milk
2 tbsp orange juice (lowest sugar possible)
1 egg
3c whole wheat white flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 c chopped dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa)
1 c chopped fresh cranberries

With an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and agave nectar together.  Add the milk, orange juice and egg and mix until combined well. In a separate bowl, combine your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt).  Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet.
 Add your chocolate and cranberries and stir to mix.

Using your hands, make tablespoon size balls and flatten them into disks.  Place the small disks onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 2-5 minutes.  Then remove to a wire rack and let them cool completely before serving.  Enjoy!

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Anonymous Diana said...

Yum!! Right up my alley../....going to make
them tomorrow. Thanks.

December 19, 2011 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Let me know how they turn out! These are a new favorite in our house!

December 20, 2011 at 9:10 AM  

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