My new favorite,
Cranberry Orange Sugar Cookies
For the Orange Sugar:
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp freshly grated orange peel
For the Cookies:
1 cup sugar
¾ cup butter, room temperature
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
½ cup pistachio nuts or chopped walnuts
1 TBSP freshly grated orange peel or more
Heat oven to 350F. Zest one medium orange.
Combine 1/2 c. sugar and 1 tsp finely grated orange peel in a small bowl and mix. Set aside.
Combine 1 cup sugar, butter and egg in a large bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add nuts, cranberries, and the remaining orange zest ( it might be a little over a tablespoon) and mix again. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder and baking soda. Beat until well mixed.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in orange sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten lightly with bottom of glass.
Bake for 7 to 10 minutes—only until edges are lightly golden. Cool and remove from cookie sheets.