Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bailey's Flavored Cranberry & Pumpkin Seeds Cookies

" This is my entry for the Christmas Giveaway hosted by Swee San of The Sweet Spot "

This cookie has the Xmas from the pumpkin seeds and red from the dried cranberries and it is the perfect gift to make for someone special during this Xmas season.  Claire the someone special that I made them for.  It is quite tedious cutting out the heart shapes for the pumpkin seeds and cranberries were quite hard to cut through. I started at 9pm last night and finished baking them at 12.30am.  I slept at 2am after the cleaning up and the photography session :p and woke up at 6am this morning.......

Therefore ,though the heart shapes were not in perfect forms but they were made out of love :ppp  and let me dedicate this post to Claire...the super super momsie who brought up her three great kids single handedly by the grace of God and she is a close friend and colleague who understands me well :)))  There is nothing I can give to her as Xmas pressie except these delectable homemade  Bailey's flavored cookies -  Claire, these are for you and your three great kiddos :)))  My Xmas pressies to you, peace & joy and God's blessings all the year through :)

the four heart shapes signifies
Claire's love for her three great kiddos :)
- perfect mom and her kids bonding

This dough is quite soft and it is supposed to make them into a roll and chill them for 1hour before cutting them into  slightly thicker than 6mm " thick slices but I am adventurous enough to roll them into 6mm thick and used a heart shaped cookie cutter instead :p because I wanted to make them special for my someone special.  It is not easy to love someone outside your family but I am so happy that I can have that special bonding with Claire...she is like a sister and my mentor. I have so much to learn from her.  Actually the original  recipe doesn't have Bailey's in them but I added them to make it even more special for this someone special :)

My Xmas pressie from her is a bottle of  Bailey's Irish Cream ( gosh this will last me another 2 years....coz I still have my half bottle of Bailey's in my fridge )  Thank you so much dear for the expensive pressie :))

Okie..enough of this sentimentality...back to the recipe.  All you need is some Bailey's , cranberries, pumpkin seeds, almond nibs, butter , flour, brown sugar and a pinch of baking powder...simple ingredients plus the normal creaming method. Chill the dough in the fridge for 3/4 to 1 hour.  After that, it is just cutting the heart shapes and baking them :)))  mmmmmm....I stole a few pieces and ate them coz I could not resist and moreover it was passed midnight and the stomach was rumbling loud , sending a SOS for food !

wrap the dough in the cling wrap and chill
for 3/4 - 1 hour

roll them into 6mm thick and use a heart shaped cookie cutter
and start the laborious work of cutting through the cranberries 
and pumpkin seeds :)

awwwww....beautiful hearts waiting
to be baked :) and I make them small
and cute and .....

Bailey's flavored.....mmmmmm beautiful taste of the 
tangy cranberries and nutty too... :)

these two hearts signifies Claire and Elin's 
friendship....two hearts that beat as one....LOL!

love this in Baileys and imagine sinking your teeth
into one and crunching the nuts /seeds at the same time
and tasting the tangy sweetness of cranberries and at the same
time inhaling the rich Baileys aroma from the cookie
one word.....HEAVENLY and I went to bed with
that heavenly feeling :p

Bailey's Flavored Cranberry  & Pumpkin Seeds Cookies
( Printable Recipe )

Ingredients : -Cookies dough

(A) 130 gm -  butter
       55 gm  -  brown sugar

(B) 1 - egg yolk ( Grade A )
      3 tbsp - Bailey's

(C) 160 gm - Plain Flour
       20 gm  - milk powder
      1/2 tsp - baking powder  

(D) 100 gm - Pumpkin seeds + almond nibs (toasted)
      100 gm - Cranberries


1. Using a cake mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and brown sugar together till light and creamy. Add in ingredients B, and slowly fold in ingredients C & D  and mix into a dough.

2. Divide dough into two equal portions. Wrap in plastic and press into squares. Chilled until slightly harden ( about  3/4 - 1 hour ).

3. Remove chilled dough from fridge, gently rolled out the dough into slightly thicker than 6mm thick. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter and cut the cookies out. Arrange on a lined baking tray. Bake in a preheated oven at 160 deg C for 15-18 minutes or until light golden.

Enjoy these bites virtually for the time being :p
and Happy Holidays to all :)

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I'll be putting a photo of this pastry on printed
postcards and put the recipe on the back side and share with friends.


  1. What an unusual but delightful combination of ingredients. These sounds wonderful. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  2. hi, i love this post of yours..not only on the cookies but also on what you wrote about the special bond that have linked you and claire together. You are so blessed to have claire. i feel so fortunate to have met you, claire and cheah and hope to know all of you much better. 2 hearts that beat as one?? haha..i think almost..

  3. These cookies will definitely melt the heart of your loved one. Merry Xmas and happy holiday to you and your family!

  4. BRAVO! A very GOOD post!

    Yes, Claire is a SUPERWOMAN.

    Though I knew Claire just barely a year, I can feel her genuine warmt. The friendship that she gives out is true and without any condition attached.

    She is forever humble, sensitive and kind. She is the kind that would cry genuine tears when she sees others suffer

    And she is also very fortunate to have you to be there for her when she needs a shoulder to cry on.

    May God Bless your friendship and makes it bloom forever

    Merry Christmas

  5. Mama Claire is a gem, truly. Anybody who gets to know her is indeed blessed as she is Godsent. Well, at least to me she is Godsent. She saved my life in many ways, and she's like my own personal angel.

  6. Nice cookies.
    It's nice to have such a good friend at work who shares the same life values as you do.
    Merry Christmas.

  7. Elin, your cookie look so good. Wishing a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all at home.

  8. I think bailey's gives a special taste on these cookies!!!

  9. Elin,
    U put tears in my heart if not my eyes.. i dare not cry in the office!!
    Kathy sent me the post cos u know lar, office banned your sweet delights..tot it is porn blog ma.. hahaha..
    Anyway.. what can i say???
    Except that I love you too.. as a girlfriend.....wahhhhhhh.. you know what i meant.. hope we will be BFF....
    Once again, Thank you for your love and passion biscuits.. i will savor them slowly, bite them with tender loving care TLC...hmmm...

  10. Such soul searching cookies! They look very cute and I'm glad too that I came to know you, Claire and Lena through blogging.