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[The Cookie Elf File] Cranberry Sugar Cookies – Just 3 Ingredients!
September 24, 2014
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Feature: Cranberry Sugar Cookies – Just 3 Ingredients!

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Cranberry Sugar Cookies are a variation of the traditional sugar cookie recipe (made with butter, flour, and sugar), yet this version differs in three ways.
  1. Cookie base. This recipe’s base is a quick bread or muffin mix rather than measured ingredients from scratch. By using a mix, you save time and mess.
  2. Cookie flavor. The added cranberry tang offers a surprising twist to the traditional rich, buttery flavor associated with most sugar cookie recipes.
  3. Cookie shape.Typically, sugar cookie dough is rolled out on the work surface and then cut into shapes using cookie cutters. This recipe calls for cookie dough to be rolled into small balls and pressed down, producing round cookies.
Simplicity and flavor make this recipe a fun, easy way to enjoy sugar cookies.

Prep time: 5-20 minutes
Bake time: 7-10 minutes
Makes 3-4 dozen cookies

Get the full recipe for Cranberry Sugar Cookies. And you can see other kinds of sugar cookie variations on our Sugar Cookies Pinterest Board.

Cookie Baking Tip of the Week: How to Flatten Cookies Evenly

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When you flatten a rounded cookie ball to prepare it for even baking, the dough can stick easily to your hand or spoon’s surface … giving you a sticky mess where you thought you had a beautiful, symmetrical cookie instead.

Try this trick to prevent sticky cookie dough and give you evenly-flattened cookies.

  • Moisten the bottom of a drinking glass with water.
  • Dip the glass bottom into the bowl of granulated sugar. The water helps sugar stick to the drinking glass surface.
  • Use the glass to slightly flatten the rounded cookie dough ball. The sugar remains on the dough surface and prevents sticking.
  • Dip the glass bottom again into the sugar and repeat the process with each cookie.
See more helpful and interesting tips for baking cookies on our Cookie Baking Tips Pinterest board .

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That’s it for now. See you next time!

Happy baking,

The Cookie Elf

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