Saturday, January 19, 2013


I love to make these cookies at Valentine's Day!  They're so tiny, cute and tasty!  They're also super easy because they start with a mix!  If you stick around a minute...I'll show you how you can easily make them heart-shaped as well! 
In fact, I have a quick trick that you can use to make almost any cookie heart-shaped, without having to cut them out!

Cute, right?  Follow along for this little trick! 
The ingredients for this recipe are few and simple......just 5 in fact!
1 pkg. (15.6oz) Cranberry Quick Bread Mix
1/2 C. Butter, melted
  1 egg
1/2 C. dried cranberries
1/2 C. finely chopped pecans

Now I'm all for quick when it comes to baking, so instead of chopping my pecans, I like to put them in the food processor.  I like them a little more than "finely chopped"...mine are almost ground.
In a large bowl, combine the bread mix, melted butter, pecans and egg; mix well.  Stir in the dried cranberries.  Roll into one inch balls.  (I just use a cookie much easier!)  Place 3" apart on a cookie sheet. Let me just say that I always spray mine with cooking oil first.
Here's what makes these cookies so sparkly on top........
Flatten to 1/8" thickness with a glass dipped in sugar. (I used a jar.)
(Here's a tip:  Flatten the first cookie and then dip the jar in the sugar and go back and just set it on the cookie.  Now your jar will have a little bit of oil on it and the sugar will stick to it just fine.)     
All I did was use the bottom of my heart-shaped cookie cutter to make an indentation in the cookie.  Then, using my index finger and my thumb, I just pinched the bottom into a point, much like you would do when making a fluted pie crust.  So easy right??!!!  If you don't have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, you can use anything that has a V-shape.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until light golden brown.  Makes about 50 cute little cookies.  
I didn't make all of mine heart-shaped, but the ones that I did, I took to this beautiful woman......
This is my good friend Harriet.  She's 87 years old.  She always has something interesting to say when I go to visit her.  She would only let me take her picture if I included her Amaryllis, which had 6 blooms on it.  I love Harriet.  She makes a pretty mean cranberry cookie herself, but it's her Strawberry Pie and homemade jams that we all adore!   

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  1. They look delicious Danni - this is weird because I was just thinking of making some cookies this morning - and checked to see if I have cranberries.
    I don't.

  2. Look at that beautiful Harriet. You are so sweet to bring her baked goodies! Thanks for the tip on the heart shape, never thought of that. You are so smart!! :) Are you going to Haven Conference in Atlanta in August- if not you should.

  3. Harriet is a stunning as her amaryllis! Thanks for the tip on making heart shapes. You are so very clever! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  4. You're making my Valentine's Day so much easier. I am stealing all your ideas.

    Lucky you to have Harriet in the neighborhood. Wish I had her green thumb.

  5. I am going to try these! How awesome! (treats for the coffee room at work.) And tell Harriet that both she and her amaryllis are GORGEOUS!

  6. These look wonderful! I love the tip for making cookies heart shaped too. Harriet is one lucky lady. How adorable is she?!!? And her amaryllis is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love Harriet's Amaryllis and she seems a very nice lady - I am sure she enjoyed the cookies, which looks delicious, by the way! Thanks for the tip to use the cookie cutter :-)

  8. Ooh, great simple recipe - and Harriet is way cool. A great post to warm up this chilly morning!

  9. YUMMERS, Danni!

    I am trying this! Pinned! Thanks for the great share! Love the ♥ shaped cookies, the girls would gobble them up!

    I would LOVE to try some of Harriet's Jams and Strawberry Pie! And if I had a beautiful Amaryllis with blooms like that, I'd want it in the picture too!

  10. Oh look at you smarty pants! What a fab idea!! Love this recipe too. I can almost smell it...

  11. mmmmm Cookies, I love anything with cranberry in it. I love mixes too, anything that makes life easier :)

  12. those cookies look delicious, I will have to give that recipe a try, it looks wonderful...especially since it has been so cold...I am a new follower of yours and I will be back for some more inspiration, come on over for a visit...

  13. Yum...cookies. Those look so easy and delicious. I'll have to try your heart shaped cookie trick. And, Harriet looks adorable.

  14. Dannie, what a great time-saving cookie tip! These sound delicious and I will definitely tuck this tip away for future use. Harriet is beautiful and so is her amaryllis. Thanks for sharing with us!

  15. You are tempting me dear Danni! this looks so delicious! am still on self caring routine (which means no 'feeling sorry for myself' sessions with cookies and chocolate, but will keep the recipe for later. the picture of Harriet and her amaryllis is beautiful!

  16. Cranberry scone, cranberry bread, cranberry pie, cranberry cheese (yes), I love cranberries but have never had cranberry cookies!


  17. Oh my Grandma always had to show me how many blossoms her Christmas Amaryllis had. The cookies sound good, Danni.

  18. Danni, your cookies look delicious! I love cranberries and pecans, and that was a nifty trick you passed on about making them heart shaped! Your friend Harriet looks like a real jewel!

  19. These sound delish! I love cranberries and so does my little guy so we will definitely be trying them soon. And the heart shaped cookie trick? Hello genius! Fabulous Valentine's tip :) Pinning these beauties too.

  20. I love cranberries, and these are way easier than my cranberry cookies....which also have pecans ;)

    I bet Harriet enjoyed the cookies. her amaryllis is beautiful!

  21. Hello, I'm your newest follower. Thanks for the cookie receipe. I love to sit at my window and have cookies and coffee especially on snowy winter days.

  22. Hi Danni,

    Stopping by again! I think you can reply to me now!!!
    Oh, and I want a cookie. Okay, I want more than 1 cookie. Two please. With milk.

  23. Those cookies look delicious Danni!!!! I wish we could get those ingredients - you guys get some great stuff. I love your story about your friend Harriet - so cute xxx

  24. Fantastic tip & tasty cookies! Pinning ;) Thanks for sharing!!

    ~ Brenda