The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap : Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cookies

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Guuuuuuuuuuuuuuyyyyyysssss….. first, I have to apologize — the site was down and I’m suuuuuuuppppeerrr late in posting this recipe!! Unless, we can all rewind and pretend we’re back at last wednesday?!?!

I’m sure we can all use a couple extra hours around this time of year – do we have a deal, or do we have a deal?!?! Gooooooooooodddddd deal.

I have booze to convince you if I already haven’t :).

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But first, take a gander at these amazing cookies I received as part of this year’s Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!!

IMG_0244 This is my third year participating, and it’s pretty much like an early preview to christmas every time I receive a package — aannnnndd best of all, we make some major dough in support of Cookies 4 Kids, bringing awareness to childhood cancers!! It’s a total win-win.

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I received a gorgeous dozen Chocolate pistachio sables from the amazing Stacy of The Little Red Button … 4 words – Melt.In.Your.Mouth … seriously soon good!! And I also received a dozen scrumptious dozen Chewy Maple Syrup Fudge Cookies from Marie of Food Nouveau …. they totally had this Canadian Girl smitten!! Thank you thank you thank you to both of you!!

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I know every year, amazing cookies are created for this special event, and in the past I’ve stuck with familiar holiday season flavours and to be frank, why fix something if it aint broke ( that’s probably not close to the saying, but you know what I mean). The base of my cookie was the flavour of ginger beer … a HUGE trinidadian classic around this time of year.

And it got me thinking/googling for cocktails with a ginger beer base…. hence the dark and stormy – throw in some orange and cranberry for a little zing and we have ourselves a killer cookie!!

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I will warn you, this recipe yields a lot of cookies … like A LOT … I originally needed to only make at least 36 … let’s just say I made over 75 cookies with this recipe – you could easily make the cookies larger ooooorrrr cut the recipe in half.

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Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ½  cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 ½  cup brown sugar
  • 2 large egg yolk
  • 2/3  cup gingerbeer
  • 1 tsp rum extract
  • ½ tsp orange extract
  • 2 ½  cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cup bread flour
  • 2 ½  tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp mixed peel
  • ¼ cup crystalized ginger, diced
  • 1 cup diced cranberries

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Directions: 

  •  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add egg yolks and rum extract and mix until just combined.
  • Add beer and mix again until just combined.
  • Add flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cornstarch, cinnamon, ground ginger, and orange zest mix until just combined.
  • Add in mixed peel, crystalized ginger and cranberries.
  • Scoop out cookie dough by the rounded tablespoon full onto prepared cookie sheets – note the cookies will spread.
  • Bake at 325 for 14 minutes.

I hope you all have a beautiful holiday season …. I’m sure I’ll be back with a couple more posts before the new year 😉

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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!!