Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Day 24, 25 Days of Christmas Tips

24) Cookies for Santa
Around here, Santa loves a variety of cookies. So surprise him this year with something special that he probably did not just have at the house next door. These cranberry-lemon sandwich cookies are well worth the trouble...for Santa, of course. =)

Cranberry-Lemon Sandwich Cookies

1 cup butter, softened 1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar 1 cup powdered sugar
2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp grated lemon peel ½ tsp salt
¾ cup dried cranberries

2/3 cup butter, softened 2 ¾ cups powdered sugar
¼ cup milk 1 ¼ tsp grated lemon peel


In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening, and sugars. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cream of tartar, peel and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in the cranberries. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Roll into 1-ince balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.

Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Combine filling ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Spread on the bottom half of the cookies and top with remaining cookies.

This recipe make a bunch! It’s easier if you try to make the cookies all the same size. Also, I rub the bottom of the glass with the sliced lemon before dipping it in sugar to press the cookies flat. It adds a hint more lemon flavoring which I love...I mean, which Santa loves!

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