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“Cranberry Lemon Cookies” from a Billet Mom’s Kitchen

As a Billet Mom I was always looking for new recipes and I received this recipe from a friend who told me that these were her son’s favourite cookies.  I wasn’t sure if I would like them.  Cranberries were never one of my favourite fruits.  However,  after sampling them I could see why and immediately asked her for the recipe so I could make them for my Billet Son.  

In our billet house it just isn’t right not to have a  cookie in the cookie jar.  My rule as a Billet Mom is that if you have a cookie jar in your kitchen it just has to have cookies in it.  If you are the person that is going to be taking the last cookie you had better let your Billet Mom know so she can make some more.

A Billet Mom’s “Cranberry Lemon Cookies” Ingredients

½ pound butter

½ cup light brown sugar

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1 ¾ cups flour

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup finely chopped sweetened dried cranberries (see note)


A Billet Mom’s “Cranberry Lemon Cookies” Directions

  1. Cream together butter, sugar and egg yolk. Add lemon zest.
  2. Mix together flour and salt and gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir as you add.  Add cranberries.
  3. Form into a log shape, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  4. When you remove from the refrigerator let them sit for a few minutes before slicing.
  5. Bake at 350ᶛ F. for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.


A Billet Mom’s Notes and Tips

  • Try these cookies with dried cherries or blueberries instead of the cranberries.
  • The dough can be rolled out instead of sliced.  Form into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate.  When you remove from the refrigerator let sit for a few minutes to make it easier to roll out.  On a floured board roll dough out.  Cut into shapes or circles.
  • ICING these cookies makes them extra special.  Just mix together ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar and cranberry juice until it will spread.  If you use dried cherries mix confectioners’ sugar with cherry juice.  For dried blueberries mix your confectioners’ sugar with lemon juice.
  • I sprinkle my cookies with white sugar before baking.
  • For Valentine’s Day use heart shaped cookie cutters.  Use dried cranberries or cherries.  Ice them using the icing directions above but add a drop or two of pink or red food colouring.  These cookies are so special with red specks throughout them from the dried cranberries or cherries.  Finish off with pink icing and red, pink and white sprinkles.  These cookies make a special Valentine’s treat.


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