Skip to main content

Cranberry Coin Cookies

I made these refrigerator cookies last Christmas for my extended family and my dear niece quickly became an aficionado of them.  The recipe comes from a Martha Stewart Holiday 2010 publication and I've since made them several times.  Dried cranberries are among my favorite things because they are tart, tangy, chewy and so good.  Although this recipe doesn't call for it, I like to add 2 teaspoons of freshly grated orange zest.  Cranberries and orange complement each other wonderfully.  The nice thing about this type of cookie dough is that you can freeze it ahead of time and slice & bake it whenever the mood strikes you. 

Here's the cookie dough all finished.   Even though I use a stand mixer, I still like to give my dough a final
stir with a large spatula.  I want every slice to have a good amount of cranberries.

The dough is divided among 2 pieces of plastic wrap.

I pull the wrap over the dough and press firmly with the palms of my hands as I roll it into a log.  What you want to have is a log that is the same circumference from tip to tip.  Twist the plastic wrap at the ends to seal shut.

The inner tube from a spent paper towel roll gets split open and I place my dough in it.  As the dough chills, it will retain its rounded shape instead of flattening out on one side.  I learned this from Dorie Greenspan.  A very good thing.

Again, I took some liberties here with this recipe.  Roll the chilled dough in a dish filled with fine or coarse sanding sugar until completely coated.  This gives the cookies crunch and a lot of sparkle. 

Here they are cooling on a rack.  Their texture is delicate, melt-in-your-mouth and their taste is sweet and tart all at the same time.

Indeed, these are wonderful to make for the Christmas season because of their festive red color, but they're delicious any time of year.  I hope you give these cookies a try for your kids or nieces and nephews.  Not only is this an easy cookie to make, it's a wonderful cookie to have in the cookie jar.  Cheers!


  1. You are right, orange compliments cranberries so well - and apple too I found out the other day. These cookies look so good. I love how uniformed they look.

    BTW, I cleaned a pair of silver earrings using your method with the bicarbonate of soda and they worked a treat. Thank you.

  2. I will have to try cranberries mixed with apples in the near future (thank you!). You should definitely give these cookies a try, you're going to love them.

    Wonderful! I'm so glad you were able to get the desired results with your earrings. Good hearing from you Pru!


Post a Comment

Thank You for Posting!

Popular posts from this blog

Antique Salt Cellars

There was a time when salt cellars played an important role on the dining table for the host or hostess.  As a result of it being such an expensive commodity several hundred years ago, salt was seen as a luxury and it was the well to do that made salt cellars quite fashionable & a status symbol for the home.  A single salt cellar usually sat at the head of the table and was passed around throughout the meal.  The closer one sat to the salt cellar, the more important one was deemed by the head of the household.  Smaller cellars that were more accessible and with an open top became a part of Victorian table settings.  Fast forward to the 20th century when salt was no longer a luxury and when anti caking agents were added to make salt free-flowing, and one begins to see salt cellars fall out of fashion.  Luckily for the collector and for those of us who like to set a table with Good Things , this can prove to be a boon. Salt cellars for the table come in silver, porcelain, cut glass

How to Paint a Chair

If you have ever felt the need to spruce up a set of chairs or give them a new look, why not try a little bit of paint?  Our tastes in decor and color will probably alter throughout our lives, and at some point, we may find ourselves wanting to change the look of our furniture without having to spend a lot of money.  That's where a few handy tips, some tools from the hardware store, and good-quality paint come in handy.   I know I'm not alone in paying visits to local antique shops, antique fairs and flea markets, and falling in love with pieces of furniture that would be perfect if they were just a different color.  You don't have to walk away from a good purchase simply because it's the wrong color.   My dear friend, Jeffrey, is forever enhancing his home with collectibles from flea markets and tag sales.  However, certain items aren't always up to Jeffrey's tastes when he brings them home.  He is the type of person who won't hesitate to chang

Vintage Wilton Wedding Cakes

Wedding cakes have certainly evolved over the decades just as tastes and styles have in our American way of life.  There was a time when elaborate & very formal towering feats of sweetness were the standard for every bride & groom.  Growing up in a household where I witnessed several wedding cakes take shape from start to finish, I can tell you  that every single one of these was a true labor of love.  For mom, Wilton was the go-to supplier in every aspect of cake baking, including the wedding cakes which flew out of our house every single year for friends & family.   Vintage Wedding Cake Toppers It’s fun going back and looking at Wilton’s methods and styles for wedding cakes during the 1960s and 1970s.  Back then, the shapely cakes were not simply stacked and covered in perfect fondant the way they are these days, but were iced and decorated with real buttercream, along with a multitude of accessories.  There was even a working fountain available that could b