These cranberry cookies are the healthier version of the cinnamon swirl cookies I made earlier this year.
They remind me of Fig Newtons. Very munchable.
In a bowl grate some lemon zest or orange zest. I think orange zest would be best but lemons is what I had on hand so lemon zest it was. Then add butter and sugar and cream together.
Then vanilla, and
beat them together.
Add in flour, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda
and mix together.
Refrigerate dough for an hour or overnight.
Divide dough in half and roll out about 1/4 “ into a rectangle on waxed paper dusted with flour
If your rectangle looks like mine you can just trim it into a better rectangle shape.
I used half blackberry jam and half strawberry cranberry jam.
And dried cranberries
Spread a layer of jam on
and sprinkle with dried cranberries.
If you think it needs a little Tennessee orange you could sprinkle in some papaya chunks.
Using the waxed paper to help, roll up the dough and refrigerate or freeze for an hour or longer. Repeat with the other half of the dough.
When you’re ready to bake them slice 1/4-3/8” thick slices off of the “log”
Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.
Serve or freeze for later.
Cranberry swirl cookies
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated orange ot lemon zest
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour, plus more for rolling dough out
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 10 ounces blackberry, strawberry/cranberry jam or any thick spreadable jam you want
- 1 cup dried cranberries
to make the dough: Beat butter, sugar, and orange zest until smooth, . Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda and beat until just combined. refrigerate for 1 hour (or overnight).
Divide dough in half, Turn half the dough onto floured waxed paper. Roll into a rectangle about 1/4" thick, trim edges straight if necessary. Repeat with remaining half of dough. refrigerate or freeze until firm but pliable.
For the filling: Mix jam in a small bowl until sorta spreadable. Spread evenly over rectangles. Sprinkle dried cranberries over jam. Starting on a long side, roll the rectangle into a "log", Repeat with remaining rectangle. Refrigerate logs for 1 hour (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut each log into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Serve or make ahead and freeze for later.