cranberry orange swirl cookies

I have watched a whole lot of "Great British Baking Show" this year... and one thing that seems pervasive on that show is people screwing up a rolled dough. In their defense, it is usually a sponge cake and that seems hard. But, I absolutely had flashbacks to the show when I was making these swirl cookies. 

Earlier in the week, we had a family baking night and the sugar cookie dough was next level delicious. Like nothing I've ever had before. Given my dad rarely bakes, I wasn't chalking this up to expert baking skills :-) ... After comparing that sugar dough and this one, I feel pretty confident in hypothesizing the difference was using powdered sugar over granulated sugar.

Don't worry this cookie is still quite delicious. The orange is nice and subtle and the cranberry isn't offensive. We all know cranberry can be offensive. I'm 100% planning on doing this same recipe during blueberry season next year. Just imagine itty bitty blue swirls next 4th of July.

Here's how it goes.

Make the dough
  1. In a mixing bowl add butter and sugar and mix until fluffy.
  2. Mix in vanilla, eggs, and orange peel.
  3. Add flour, salt and baking powder. Mix.
  4. When dough is well mixed, remove from bowl and form into two discs. 
  5. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour. 
  1. In a food processor add cranberries, orange juice, sugar and orange peel. Process until finely chopped. 
  2. Working with half the refrigerated dough, roll out the dough to approx 11 x 14
  3. Add half the filling mixture on top of the dough leaving a 1/2" border. Don't worry about getting super close to the edge because the filling will spread out towards the edge as you roll it. Also, the first cut of the dough is always crap :-)
  4. Carefully roll dough into a log.
  5. Place log on a piece of plastic wrap wrap tightly. Place log on a baking sheet. 
  6. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. 
  7. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  1. Remove logs from refrigerator and remove plastic wrap. 
  2. Slice dough into 1/4" slices and place 2" apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. 
  4. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a baking rack.
Original recipe source: Beyond the Chicken Coop
Shopping List
1 cup butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 whole eggs
1 tablespoon orange peel
3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Filling1 cup cranberries
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon orange peel

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