The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap : Saffron, Rosewater, Cranberry, Pistachio Cookies

Tis the season for love

Tis the season for family

Tis the season for cookies

Tis the season for giving

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This year I had the amazing opportunity to combine my love of family, cookies and giving to again participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. All participants, besides getting to bake and ship a little extra sweetness into the homes of fellow food bloggers, also supported COOKIES FOR KIDS’ CANCER. It was a double-whammy giving situation.

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Speaking of giving…  Kristy, Ali & Katrina and Tina each sent me the most delicious, melt in your mouth , delectable delicacies from their kitchen. I may be incredibly biased but I SCORED big time with these cookies .. I wish I could say I savored each one … but I didn’t. I definitely attacked them, ala cookie monster!! I don’t even think any of the cookies stood a chance of lasting a couple of days!!

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But, the giving didn’t stop there!! I too got to send 3 amazing food bloggers a box of yum!! I wanted to play on the bright festive colours of the season, but also add a punch of flavor!! And after seeing the blogs of Jane, Sylvie & Carole I knew I had my job cut out for me – these bloggers not only take amazing photographs, let’s not even get started by how much I was drooling over their amazing recipes!!

My lovely matches each received over a dozen Saffron, Rosewater, Cranberry, Pistachio Cookies. Not your typical Christmas cookie, but they are sure to have folks coming back for seconds!!

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 Saffron, Rosewater, Cranberry, Pistachio Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cup coconut oil

1 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup granulated sugar

3 egg

1 1/2 Tbsp Rosewater

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

4 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 tbsp baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

3/4 tbsp Saffron powder

3/4 tsp cinnamon powder

3/4tsp nutmeg

3/4 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp ground ginger

3 cups Cranberries

1 1/2 Cup Chopped Pistachios

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Drizzle

1 cup ready made frosting

2 tablespoons Rosewater

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DIRECTIONS:

Cream together the softened coconut oil, sugars, egg, and Rosewater and vanilla extract .

Add in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and sea salt, saffron powder, cinnamon powder, nutmeg and ground ginger. Beat on medium-low speed until combined.

Stir in Cranberries and pistachios.

Cover with plastic wrap and chill the dough balls for at least 2 hours.

When you are ready to bake the cookies, take cookie dough out of the refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake for 12 – allow them to cool on the sheet for at least 3 minutes.

Transfer to a cooling rack.

Once all of the cookies are baked, and completely cooled.

In a medium sized bowl combine sifted confectioners’ sugar and rosewater. Mix until a glaze is formed – feel free to add more rosewater if you prefer a thinner drizzle.

Then, drizzle over the cookies.

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May your holiday season be filled with love, family, cookies & a little extra giving!!

Gingerbread English Muffins

I don’t think there’s anything I love more than bread.

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And breakfast.

And cookies.

But dear I say, that bread trumps it all. And the smell of home-made bread … ahhhhhhhhhh I just want to burry my face in hot buns!! … Hi, welcome to the land of awkward … and a little weird … don’t be scared, I’ve got bread to share with you!!

Seriously – when I’m on death row .. I’m asking for homemade bread – smothered in butter.

Real butter.

Not margarine.

Buutttaaahhh!!

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I am. And, we’ve returned to the land of a-ca-awkward. And that has nothing to do with my death row comment, mostly just referring to my talk about margarine.

So I made English muffins, combining my love affair with all things bread and all things breakfast ( I can’t stand eggs though .. random, but true … I lie, I can … just not all the time – and eggs Benedict .. stop, I can’t. it’s a consistency thing).

And of course they’re Christmas-y and gingerbready and buttah …. There’s butter!!

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Gingerbread English muffins

1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water

2 1/4 cups bread flour

1/2 tablespoon brown sugar + ¼ tsp

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

¼ tps ginger powder

¼ tsp cinnamon powder

¼ tsp ground clove

¼ tsp fresh nutmeg

1 tablespoon shortening (or butter at room temperature)

3/4 cup milk

1 Tbsp molasses

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil + 1 Tsp

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 Directions:

Combine the yeast with the warm water sprinkle ¼ tsp brown sugar on top.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, remaining brown sugar, sea salt, ginger powder, cinnamon, ground clove & nutmeg. Stir in the shortening. Now pour in the yeast mixture, molasses and milk.

Stir until a dough ball forms.

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Place in a lightly 1 tbsp coconut oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise until doubled in size—approximately an hour and a half to two hours.

Divide the dough into eight equal parts. Roll each muffin into a ball. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and a little bit of cornmeal (or flour). Cover, and allow to rise for an additional hour.

Heat a cast iron skillet (or other oven safe pan) over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil. Cook for 7 minutes on each side.

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Once you’ve cooked each side place into the oven at 400°F for 10-12 minutes until the English muffins are cooked through and golden brown.

Remove from the oven, and bring on the butter!! These would also taste amazing with marmalade.

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