Cranberry Orange Cookies.

These cookies have been my favorite treat for years! I have a strong obsession with the combination of orange and cranberry that I discovered in College and I honestly can’t get enough. Since moving into my new apartment, I don’t have all the baking ingredients and am not the biggest baker but wanted a sweet treat yesterday and decided it was worth a trip to the store.

These cookies are definitely an indulgent but if you do have the option to substitute the flour for almond flour and sugar for stevia.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Orange peel (grated)

Directions:

  1.  Preheat over to 350 degrees
  2. Combine sugar, butter, and egg in a bowl and mix until creamy.
  3. Mix in flour, baking powder, and baking soda. If content is too dry, add a small amount of melted butter. The mixture might be crumbly, but should be able to roll into small balls.
  4. Stir in cranberries and orange peel.
  5. Shape cookies into one inch balls and place on cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 7-10 minutes until edges start to turn slightly dark brown. Don’t over bake.
  7. Cool for 1 minute.
  8. Enjoy!

Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies.

If I’m going to splurge on treats this season it’s going to be homemade caramel puff corn or these new buttery salty cookies I found in a small deli in San Francisco a few months ago. It was my first time attempting baking these myself today and for the first pass I believe they turned out pretty darn yummy.

We’re about to host a cookie swap so these cookies are my contribution and I’ll follow up with the crowd comments!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Sea salt for sprinkling
  • Optional: melting chocolate

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter until it starts to caramelize. It should smell nutty and you will see brown bits at the bottom of the saucepan.

3. Pour the browned butter into a medium bowl and stir in brown sugar and vanilla.

4. In a small bowl, whisk flour and baking soda. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and combined.

5. Let cool to room temp and then scoop tablespoon size balls onto cooking pan. Sprinkle with sea salt and lightly press into top of cookie.

6. Bake for ~10-15 minutes or lightly golden brown. Don’t overlook or cookies become dry.

7. If desired, melt chocolate and drizzle on top of cookies.

8. Let cool & enjoy!