Stocking Stuffer…

Dear Santa,
I know he is a little larger than the average stocking stuffer, but could I please find Rick Nash in mine Christmas Day?
Love Peabody
Now before you all say what about Briere. Briere is my favorite hockey player. Rick Nash is my eye candy (though he is a darn good player as well).
To entice Santa to look past my shortcomings, I made what my mom still to this day refers to as the best cookie ever. It’s the only recipe my mother had ever insisted that I share on the blog. Which I did a few years back, but I am showcasing it again.
They are bright with citrus flavor and are red and green to boot. Now I know that you already made all your Christmas treats, but these are great all year round.
Hope that you have a lovely Christmas, hopefully with the ones you love. And I hope you get something good in your stocking.

(Rick Nash and all his yummy goodness)

Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies

Orange Sugar

1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp freshly grated orange peel

1 cup sugar
¾ cup butter, room temperature
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
½ cup pistachio nuts
1 TBSP freshly grated orange peel

Heat oven to 350F.
Combine all orange sugar ingredients in a small bowl; stir until well mixed. Set aside.
Combine 1 cup sugar, butter and egg in a large bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder and baking soda. Beat until well mixed. Add all remaining ingredients. Continue beating just until mixed.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in orange sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten with bottom of glass to 1 ½-inch circles.
Bake for 7 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.(DO NOT OVERBAKE). Cool 1 minutes; remove from cookie sheets.

Source: Adapted from Land O’Lakes Holiday Cookies 2005

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  1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

  2. We have loved these since you first posted them!

  3. Merry Christmas! (Nice eye candy!!)

  4. Merry Christmas, Peabody.

    …and thanks for that photo. YUM.

  5. I have a soft spot for Iginla.

    Must try these cookies!

  6. Merry Christmas Peabody. I consider your blog the gift in my stocking. I hope you find what you want in your stocking. I’m glad your mom insisted on these cookies being featured on your blog. Mom’s always know best (well, most of the time).

  7. Gorgeous cookies!

    Merry Xmas!



  8. I’ve earmarked these cookies from you long ago.
    And I just found a pack of pistachios in my fridge, :p
    I should wait no longer to do this.

    Merry Christmas

  9. Umm yeah. He is pretty damn yummy. So are these cookies. Cranberry orange – match made in heaven. Now. If only I could eat THESE while staring into the eyes of some such beautiful individual…life would be perfect.

  10. Ah yes and Merry Christmas!

  11. your mom is lovely~ and i’m so happy she asked you to post these!!!

    when i can find pistachios, i’m totally trying these! yum yum.

    and i hope you find a nice (and possibly hot) surprise in your stocking!

  12. But he doesn’t have shiny teeth like Couture. JK that dude is hot :D

  13. The cookies sound great. Merry Christmas!

  14. While I have to agree that Rick Nash is quite handsome, when it comes to NHL hotness, I don’t think you can beat Henrik Zetterberg. I mean he has those gorgeous eyes, and no one looks sexier in a playoff beard. ::swoon::

    Er… What were we talking about again? Oh yeah…cookies… I love cookies!

  15. I actually made these cookies when you first posted them a while ago. I remember taking them to a Thanksgiving party at the time. They were such a hit back then! Everyone loved them! Certainly a wonderful stocking-stuffer!

    I hope yo’re enjoying happy holidays Peabody, despite the rough personal times.

  16. I pretty much would have taken any cute hockey player in my stocking. Or these cookie. Either would have worked!

  17. Those cookies look amazing! Love the flavor combination! YUM!

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