Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Creative Cookie Exchange: Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies

My contribution to the Creative Cookie Exchange challenge for freezer cookies is Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies.  This is a favorite cookie of my daughter.  I added the fresh cranberries and it turned this cake-like cookie into a delightful sweet/tart cookie.

The bonus? You can freeze the dough and bake them later.  

I used my small cookie scoop (1 tablespoon size) and dropped dough onto a parchment paper lined cookie tray.

  Place the tray into the freezer for several hours or overnight. When the dough is frozen, plop the frozen dough balls into a freezer bag.  When you are ready to cook them, just take out the amount you want to cook and put the rest back into the freezer.

Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped (a food processor works well for this)

Stir together dry ingredients.
In separate bowl, beat butter with electric mixer; add brown sugar, beat until light and fluffy.  Add egg, pumpkin, and vanilla, beat well.
Add dry ingredients to butter/sugar mixture, beat until well combined.  Stir in cranberries.
Dough will be soft.

To cook immediately:  preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.  Drop dough by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto cookie sheet.  Bake 8-10 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.  Makes about 48

To cook from frozen:  preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.  Place frozen dough balls 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.  Bake 12-15 minutes.  Cool on wire rack. 

 To join in the fun, just complete the steps below:
1. Write a blog post with recipe and original photo. The theme this month is make ahead freezer cookies for the holidays. The post should describe how to freeze the dough and also how to bake the dough when you are ready. We would like the recipe to be one you’re making for the first time, and photos must be original.
2. Post the Cookie Exchange badge somewhere on your blog so others can join in the fun:
Creative Cookie Exchange

3. Make a good faith effort to visit and comment on the other cookies in the Linky party. We all love cookies so that should be easy!
6. LINK your blog post below using the Linky tool
You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes--be sure to check out our Facebook page, our Pinterest Board, and our monthly posts. You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration for this month's theme, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made so far:
Salted Dark Chocolate Crisps from The Spiced Life

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