Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies

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Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce
1 8 oz. package of Fresh cranberries
1/2 c. Sugar
1.5 tbsp Fresh squeezed orange juice
Zest from 1 orange
2 tbsp Grand Marnier


Preheat oven to 325°F.

Toss the cranberries together with sugar, orange juice and orange zest in a glass baking dish. Cover with foil and place the glass dish on a baking sheet.

Bake for 1 hour.

Remove the cranberries from the oven and stir in the Grand Marnier.

Store in the refrigerator until use.

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Thumbprint Cookie
2 1/4 c. All-purpose flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1 c. Butter, unsalted, room temperature
2/3 c. Sugar
2 Egg yolks
Zest from 1 orange
1 tbsp Freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/3 c. Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce (optional: puree sauce)


Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla.

Add the flour mixture in 2 additions and mix until clumpy.  Gather the dough into a ball.

Roll the dough into 1" balls and place on baking sheets.  Make an indentation in the center of each cookie with your thumb.  Fill each hole with a little bit of cranberry sauce.

Bake until the cookies are golden brown, approximately 12-13 min.  Cool the cookies on a baking rack.

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My comments:

I love cranberry sauce.  Once I learned how to make it from scratch, I never went back to the crappy canned stuff.  I usually follow the instruction on the fresh cranberry packaging and it's good cranberry sauce but it's nothing like this Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce.  The orange zest and Grand Marnier gave the sauce a real unique flavour, very citrus-y.  Awesome!

I also really enjoyed these thumbprint cookies.  The cookies came out very buttery and very moist.  It paired very nicely with the Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce.  I pretty much followed the original recipe to the T, except I did not puree the sauce because I was too lazy to whip out the immersion blender.  I also reduced the baking time because I almost burned the first batch of cookies after leaving them in the oven for 15 min!

These cookies were super!  Definitely going to be part of my holiday baking repertoire from now on.

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