Cranberry Cookie Bites

You may know today’s guest blogger from her super-cute blog the decorated cookie, or from the popular CraftGossip.com where she has a whole section of edible crafts. She’s the inventor behind the original Mr. Melty Cookie and she’s a published author with a brand new book coming out in February- Sugarlicious. This girl is talented! And she made you cookies! Please welcome Meaghan Mountford.

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Hello everybody! I’m so happy to be a guest here and part of such a fun cookie party! It was not difficult for me to sign up for the final week of baking. You see, I’m all about last minute. Not so much the procrastination part. No, I do stuff way in advance. But given I feel like I’m always crazy busy, I’m always motivated by “What can I bake that’s fast and easy?” After spending a decade decorating elaborate and detailed cookies for my job (think major appliances and human organs and people’s dogs in weird poses…), it’s almost an addiction now to spend as little time as possible on a cookie and still have others be impressed by how long (they think) it must have taken.

Cranberry Cookie Bites from The Decorated Cookie on @KatrinasKitchen

So if you’re in a rush this week, and if you need some cute morsels of sweet cookie goodness that you can decorate in no time at all, then I made these for you. Cranberry cookies! Just bite-size circles topped with icing and sprinkles. That’s it. And sprinkles hide all icing imperfections, so these are an especially good choice for first-time cookie decorators. Fill mason jars for gifts, put out bowlfuls after Christmas dinner, throw at your kids… All so easy.

Cranberry Cookie Bites from The Decorated Cookie on @KatrinasKitchen

I tried these out with both white sprinkles and red sprinkles. I think I’m voting for the white sprinkles, for that snowy, wintery look. And you know what would really push these over the top? Add some cranberry extract to the dough. Yep, it exists.

Cranberry Cookie Bites from The Decorated Cookie on @KatrinasKitchen

Cranberry Cookie Bites from The Decorated Cookie on @KatrinasKitchen

Instructions:

1. step one: bake your cookies Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe. If desired, add 1 1/2 teaspoons of flavored extract, such as raspberry or cranberry, along with the 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Chill dough for two hours. Knead drops of red food coloring very well into dough, adding more as needed to turn dough red. Roll out about 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface, cut out mini circles and bake according to the recipe. Let cool.

Cranberry Cookie Bites from The Decorated Cookie on @KatrinasKitchen

Cranberry Cookie Bites from The Decorated Cookie on @KatrinasKitchen

2. step two: prepare your icing Prepare royal icing and tint red. Prepare a decorating bag with coupler and tip, fill with the icing and close tightly with a rubber band.

Cranberry Cookie Bites from The Decorated Cookie on @KatrinasKitchen

3. step three: decorate your cookies Pour sprinkles in a shallow bowl. Working with one cookie at a time, pipe a circle on a cookie, and pipe icing to fill the circle. Holding the cookie on the sides, overturn and dip the top of the cookie in the sprinkles to completely coat the icing with sprinkles. Set on a tray to dry overnight.

Cranberry Cookie Bites from The Decorated Cookie on @KatrinasKitchen

Cranberry Cookie Bites Recipe

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Tiny red cranberry cookies, sprinkled with sugar

Ingredients:

  • cookie dough
  • royal icing
  • small circle cookie or fondant cutter
  • red food coloring
  • 1 decorating bag
  • 1 coupler
  • 1 decorating tip, size "5"
  • rubber band
  • white or red sprinkles or sanding sugar

Directions:

  1. step one: bake your cookies Prepare cookie dough according to the recipe. If desired, add 1 1/2 teaspoons of flavored extract, such as raspberry or cranberry, along with the 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Chill dough for two hours. Knead drops of red food coloring very well into dough, adding more as needed to turn dough red. Roll out about 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface, cut out mini circles and bake according to the recipe. Let cool.
  2. step two: prepare your icing Prepare royal icing and tint red. Prepare a decorating bag with coupler and tip, fill with the icing and close tightly with a rubber band.
  3. step three: decorate your cookies Pour sprinkles in a shallow bowl. Working with one cookie at a time, pipe a circle on a cookie, and pipe icing to fill the circle. Holding the cookie on the sides, overturn and dip the top of the cookie in the sprinkles to completely coat the icing with sprinkles. Set on a tray to dry overnight.

Notes:

  • Follow the links for my go-to sugar cookie dough and royal icing, or, use your own preferred recipe. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Paste, Red Red, found online or in specialty stores. I used a 3/4-inch circle cutter, part of a set of cutters found at the craft store, but you can use any size circle you prefer. Find the decorating bag, coupler, tip and sprinkles in the craft store.

Thank you, Katrina, for allowing me to visit and Bring the Cookies!
Happy Holidays to all!! Meaghan the decorated cookie

PhotobucketClick image to see all of the cookies shared.

I love that Meaghan takes an idea and turns it into a fun, crafty dessert that adults and kids alike would be delighted in receiving or eating. Check out a round up of all of her Winter and Christmas goodies here.

- Katrina
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11 Responses to “Cranberry Cookie Bites”

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    Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Neat! These are so pretty!

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    Not Rachael Ray — December 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    These are so cute!
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    Mal @ The Chic Geek — December 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Those are so beautiful!
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    amanda @ fake ginger — December 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    So pretty! Love the bright red! And who knew they made cranberry extract?!
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    Erin @ Dinners, Dish — December 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    These are so cute! I love anything red for Christmas!
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    jennifurla — December 19, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    creative & yummy

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    Asmita — December 19, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Love these! So festive and pretty!
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    Sue — December 20, 2011 at 5:20 am

    I love your "cranberry" cookies, Meaghan! The sugar is the perfect crowning touch!
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    Jody — December 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Those cookies are gorgeous! They look a little like macarons and I love that you made them RED. Thanks for the recipe!
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    keblon19 — June 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Cranberry cookies was really good taste, Thanks for sharing I will try this one at home..
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    Jane Martin — November 29, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I just got some of the cranberry extract from this company. Super fast shipping and the extract is MARVELOUS! I used some of it in some red spritz and they got rave reviews.
    http://www.olivenation.com/Pure-Cranberry-Extract

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