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Cranberry & Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Cookie Swap Cranberry & Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

This is the second year I have participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap , so delicious pressies have been arriving periodically in the mail. If you haven’t heard of a “Cookie Swap,” the idea is that each participant gets matched with three food bloggers. The food bloggers send their matches 1 dozen cookies and wait to receive 3 x  1 dozen different cookies from their match ups.

Food Blogger Cookie Swap

FB Cookie Swap Logo

It is almost as much fun waiting to find out who you will be sending cookies to as it is to receive them. This year I was baking for the following food bloggers.

Sara McCleary

Belly Rumbles

http://www.bellyrumbles.com

V Vien Lee

We Dare Food

http://wedarefood.blogspot.com

Daisy Wong

Never Too Sweet For Me

http://nevertoosweetforme.com

I have met Daisy and Sara previously so I was thrilled to be cooking for them.  V Vien Lee from “We Dare Food” I have never met so that was equally exciting for different reasons, naturally I dashed over to her blog and had a read.

 Lucky Nuts Baking Package

Christmas means shortbread to me, and this year I had a delicious stash of Pistachio’s courtesy of Lucky Nuts so I knew instantly what I wanted to bake, Pistachio & Cranberry Shortbread.

Lucky Nuts Logo

Lucky Nuts

The flip side of sending out three dozen cookies is that in return I receive delicious home baked cookies from three other lovely food bloggers.

Cookie Swap 2012

Festive Pistachio & Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

I can’t explain the joy it gives me each year to participate in the cookie swap.  There is something very special about a total stranger going to the trouble of hand baking such a beautiful treat for someone they don’t even know.  This year is even more special because the signup fee goes towards helping children with Cancer.

Basket of Christmas Cookies

Festive basket of Christmas Cookies

Below are images of the gorgeous cookies I received from my food blogger matches:

The first to arrive were these;

Cookie Swap manu

Manu’ Menu Chocolate Cookies

Manuela Zangara

Manu’s Manu

Have a look at Manuela’s recipe for chocolate cookies with orange and mint glaze.

http://www.manusmenu.com

Cookies Swap Manu

Chocolate Christmas Cookies

Yesterday I received these all the way from Perth!

Catie

Sweetly Baked

Cookie Swap Espresso Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Espresso Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Have a looked at Caties gorgeous website below for the recipe.

www.sweetlybakedperth.blogspot.com.au

I am still hoping my final dozen cookies arrive in the mail shortly.

In the meantime her is my recipe:

Pistachio & Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 250gm butter
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup caster cugar
  • 3 Cardomon pods ground
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup “Lucky Nuts” Pistachios
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Pistachio & Cranberry

Festive “Lucky Nuts” Pistachios and Dried Cranberries

Method:

Use a food processor to combine the butter and sugar until creamy.

Add the flours and cardamon to the food processor and combine briefly until the mixture just comes together.

Cranberry & Pistachio Shortbread

Cranberry & Pistachio Shortbread Mixture

Remove the mixture from the bowl and stir through the lemon zest, pistachio and cranberries.

Making Refrigerator Cookie Rolls

Making Cookie Rolls

Roll the cookie dough in plastic wrap forming it into a sausage, refrigerate until firm.

Preheat oven to 160 degrees

Cut rounds from the cookie dough and place on to a prepared cookie slide.

Pistachio & Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Pistachio & Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.

These can also be drizzled with white chocolate for an even more special treat.

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

If you would like to be a part of this massive cookie swap next year go to http://eepurl.com/qCABj, and sign up early!

The Lucky Nuts component of this story is a ”Product Talk by Nuffnang”  Whilst this is not a paid sponsored post, Gourmet Getaways has received product in exchange for writing a review. All opinions in this story are honest, and accurately reflect the writer’s opinion.

 Merry Christmas wonderful people!!