Monday, November 18, 2013

Lemon cranberry cookie mix

Halloween is long gone and we're already in the full swing of the Christmas season. This weekend we went to the Santa Claus parade, took the girls to the mall to meet Santa (where our youngest daughter kicked him in the kneecaps), and went for a walk to see the lights on the local outdoor Christmas tree.

People around me are starting to inquire about teacher and office gifts, they were hoping for some new ideas for gifts in a jar. Today is was rainy and grey so I decided to skip my afternoon walk and bake instead. I wanted something a little bit different, so I made...

Lemon Cranberry Cookie Mix (in a jar)

1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon dried lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

This mix fit perfectly into a 2 cup (500 ml) mason jar. I would have done a much prettier job layering it but I had an impatient baby snacking in her high chair and didn't have a lot of time to mess around before she protested her captivity.

What else you'll need

1/2 cup butter
1 egg
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Blend butter, egg and lemon juice until smooth, then shake mix and stir into wet ingredients and stir.

Drop batter by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until cookies just begin to brown.

These were delicious and a nice change from the usual chocolate chip. You can make them into orange cranberry cookies by using dried orange peel instead of lemon peel and orange juice instead of lemon juice.


  1. Do you buy the dried zest, or do you dry it yourself? I have a friend that this would make a wonderful gift for!

  2. I used store bought zest but I think making your own would be better. The lemon juice gives it the most zing though. These cookies were amazing, they all got devoured very quickly.