Today we are doing special Make Ahead cookie recipes for the holidays with Creative Cookie Exchange. Wonderful cookie recipes that you can stow in your freezer and then bring out when company arrive and you have fresh baked cookies at hand. Easy right? You betcha!!
The cookie that I choose I have made for countless years, actually it is by Epicurious from 2006. Originally made with cranberries and I have done that also but have changed it over the years to cherries. It has the traditional colors of Christmas, red and green and a wonderful sugared edge to make it even more festive. I also like that this cookie is squared off, it adds another shape to your festive cookie platter.
Wrapped up in plastic wrap and foil and placed in the freezer so that it is ready when you are for fresh baked cookies!! The original recipe has you place the dough in the fridge for at least 2 hours but I put it right into the freezer.
The finished product is a delicious cookie with pistachios, red cherries and a hint of orange, bringing you all the flavors and colors for the holidays. I love making this cookie and I hope you do too!! ENJOY!!
- 1½ cups flour
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
- ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
- ½ tsp. finely grated orange zest
- ½ cup shelled natural pistachios
- ⅓ cup candy cherries
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- ¼ cup sugar sprinkles
- Whisk together flour, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
- Beat together butter, sugar and zest in a bowl of a stand up mixer with a paddle attachment. Mix until fluffy about 3 min. Gradually add in flour mixture on low in 3 separate batches. Mix until well incorporated and then add in the pistachios and cherries. Gather up the dough and divide into two separate mounds on plastic wrap. Using the plastic wrap shape into log about 1½" in diameter. Now shape the log into a square shape by rolling onto a side and pressing slightly.
- Wrap the logs in foil and freeze until ready to use. Thaw slightly and paint with the egg, roll in sprinkles and slice into ¼" thick slices, rotating the log so that it stays square. Place slices on parchment lined cookie sheets and bake at 350F for 15 min. or until golden brown.
- Let cool on cooling racks.
- Recipe adapted from Epicurios.
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