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Christmas is coming, and that means you all need to taste new cookie recipes. This year I decided to bake a lot of different cookies, pack them in a lovely boxes and give to my friends as a small holiday gifts. This recipe is just a first try, but I’m already crazy about these delicate sugar balls, because they have all I like so much: cocoa powder, nuts, dried cranberries and pinch of love!
Rating
Difficult
Health Conscious
Preparation Time 80 minutes
Allergens Eggs, Gluten
Cuisine American

Cranberry Sugar Pecan Balls

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Description

Christmas is coming, and that means you all need to taste new cookie recipes. This year I decided to bake a lot of different cookies, pack them in a lovely boxes and give to my friends as a small holiday gifts. This recipe is just a first try, but I’m already crazy about these delicate sugar balls, because they have all I like so much: cocoa powder, nuts, dried cranberries and pinch of love!

Ingredients

  • butter - 2 sticks, room temperature
  • confectioners sugar - 3/4 cup, + more for dusting the cookies
  • unsweetened cocoa powder - 2 tablespoons
  • egg yolks - 2
  • vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
  • flour - 2 1/4 cup
  • salt - 1/2 teaspoon
  • toasted pecans - 1 cup
  • dried cranberries - 1/2 cup

Instructions

Using a stand or hand mixer, cream the butter, sugar and cocoa powder until light and fluffy, 4-5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl with a spatula. Beat in the yolks and vanilla extract, until smooth. In a food processor, process nuts and cranberries, until you'll get some sort of paste. In a medium bowl mix flour and salt, combine with the butter mixture, until just incorporate. Follow the nut mixture, mix well. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in a plastic and transfer into refrigerator for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lay cookie sheet with a parchment paper. Form 1 tablespoon of dough into a small balls; place on a cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Let to chill in a fridge for 15 minutes. Bake 20 minutes, or until cookies are firm. When the cookies are cool enough to handle, roll in remaining confectioners sugar and transfer to a platter.

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