Cranberry Coins

Kris Kringle Cranberry Coins

One of my favorite cookie combinations is a tart, dense dried fruit paired with a rich, buttery shortbread.  In a nutshell, these cranberry shortbread coin cookies. 

I wanted to send some Delicious Mail to my cousin Jaime in Mississippi, so I needed a cookie that would hold up for the journey.  Shortbread is great for that, if you have made it correctly and it’s not too crumbly.

I used some amazing dried cranberries I picked up at the Sherman Market from Willows Cranberries out of Wareham, MA.  I love Sherman for supplying me with fresh, local eggs for all of my baking, but sometimes I allow myself a little extra browsing – and it always pays off.  On my last visit I picked up these cranberries and some horseradish.  I haven’t tried the latter yet, but the former were terrific.  They were dried, but also plump and juicy.  Willows are doing it right.

A little edge of sanding sugar and these coins were ready to bake.

And stack.

And eat a little.  They were so delicious!

Today’s featured ornament is a vintage (made in Japan) porcelain bell we had on our tree when I was growing up.  There are two of them but I like this one the best because of the fancy “Merry Christmas” script.  It has a little ringer inside and the tattered green ribbon has never been replaced, which is just how I like it. 

I also like knowing that I am personally responsible for at least a few angels getting their wings each holiday season thanks to my bell duo.

For today’s Cup of Cheer, I have to show you a picture of my little tree.  It’s actually around 6 feet tall, but it seems smaller because it’s a slender thing.  Since it is my first solo tree, I decorated it the way I have always dreamed…with the large old-fashioned bulbs and a strand of homemade popcorn and cranberry garland.  That garland took me 4 episodes of “Veronica Mars” on Netflix to make (don’t judge, it’s mighty entertaining)…but it was worth it.

Do you have any “rules” for your tree?  I find that most people do…and I bet it somehow speaks volumes about personality. 

Also, a big thank you and congratulations to my four Three Sisters contest winners!  Ashley Mac, Ashley G-W, Lisa, and Fatima all have coupons coming their way!

Cranberry Coins
Adapted from Martha Stewart

Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1/4 cup sanding sugar

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add flour and salt and mix until just until combined. Stir in dried cranberries.
  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times until it comes together.  Divide dough in half, shaping each into a log.
  • Wrap logs tightly in parchment or plastic. Chill 30 minutes or up to 1 day.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. With a sharp knife or bench press, slice dough into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Rotate log as you cut to keep it from flattening.
  • Roll the edge of each round in sanding sugar, then place on parchment-lined baking sheets, 1 inch apart.  Bake until the edges just begin to turn golden, 20 to 22 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
  • Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks.
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9 Comments on “Cranberry Coins”

  1. December 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    This recipe looks great. I really want to try it! I have a few Willows cranberries left in the fridge. I’ll have to see if they’re still okay to use.

    Your tree is adorable! My tree is usually a mishmash of stuff, but I always have dreams of having a different tree in each room each with a different theme.

    • Aimee
      December 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

      Megan, they are really yummy. Put them on the list for someday! And thank you! Mishmashed trees are the best. They are trees of memories. Have fun when you put yours up!

  2. m.g.w.
    December 6, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    Aimee, your tree looks beautiful! You decorated it the way I remember Christmas trees from my childhood. (Peabody not Wakefield…….:)

  3. December 6, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    Those look great, I especially like the sparkly sugar topping them! So pretty.

  4. courtney
    December 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    we do an animal-themed christmas tree every year! all of the ornaments are animals, birds, and creatures from the sea. the topper is a penguin trying to catch a snowflake – so cute!

    i love your big colorful bulbs…i may have to try that next year!

    • Aimee
      December 7, 2010 at 9:46 am #

      for a family that is “white lights only” i am loving all of this big, colored bulb support!

      and i love your tree, court. every time i see a cute animal ornament i want to get it for you but i don’t know if you already have a raccoon or oppossum.

      or crab.

  5. December 7, 2010 at 3:29 am #

    Oh, I love cranberry biscuits!
    And your tree looks lovely! I never thought of putting up an edible garland on a tree before. What a good idea!

    • Aimee
      December 7, 2010 at 9:47 am #

      ursula, i love your handmade paper stocking mantel garland!

  6. Jaime
    December 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    The cookies traveled great!! They tasted delicious! Living so far away, I usually only get to read about your baking and imagine how good it is… I’m lucky to have such a thoughtful cousin.

    And those cranberries were so good that I actually bought some fresh ones at the store the other day.

    Oh, and a dirty little secret Aim, I actually watched Veronica Mars when it originally aired. The first season was really good, but the second one was disappointing.

    Speaking of tv, I have to go extract my kid from behind mine where she is playing with the wires….

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