Rhode Island Cranberry Walnut Stuffed Shortbread Cookies

I have the pleasure of representing Rhode Island in United States of Cookies. We are a tiny state, the smallest actual state in the union, but we have a rich and varied culinary heritage. After a bit of thought I decided to make Cranberry Walnut Stuffed Shortbread Cookies. The recipe uses a mixture of cranberries and walnuts to make a regional spin on Hamantashen, a traditional Jewish cookie eaten at Purim, from just one of the many cultures so ingrained into our state.

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Servings 15 - 20 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 3 hours
Submitted By Robin from Mom Foodie
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Servings 15 - 20 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 3 hours
Submitted By Robin from Mom Foodie
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  1. Cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla extract.
  2. Gradually add the flour while mixing. Once well mixed, remove from bowl and gather into a ball.
  3. Roll out into a log about 2½ inches wide. Roll in plastic wrap, then refrigerate for minimum of 3 hours to firm.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Slice the log of shortbread dough into ¼ thick slices and lay out on baking sheet.
  6. Place filling ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook covered, stirring occasionally until orange juice is absorbed, but still moist.
  7. Scoop ½ to ¾ tbs of the cranberry walnut filling onto each circle of dough. Press the filling together to clump. Pinch the dough on one side, then push the opposite side in toward center. Pinch the three corners to form even triangle. If bottom cracks at all, simply repair by pushing edges together.
  8. Bake for 11-13 minutes. Bottoms will be golden, but tops will still be light. Allow to cool on baking rack before serving.
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4 thoughts on “Rhode Island Cranberry Walnut Stuffed Shortbread Cookies

  1. Jew

    These are clearly a Jewish cookie called Hamentaschen, usually eaten for Purim, a holiday around February/March. Please label them as such.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Thank you for your comment. These cookies are this baker’s interpretation of Hamantaschen with regional ingredients which is stated in the description of the cookie.

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  2. La Befana

    With the wealth of actual Christmas cookies popular in the state of Rhode Island, this choice boggles my mind. It’s not remotely traditional for Christmas or local to the state. Why not “reinterpret” any of the dozen varieties of Christmas cookies baked by RI’s Italian community, for example? I appreciate trying something new, but as the previous commenter wrote, this is the wrong cookie for the wrong time of year.

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    1. recipe specialist

      Thank you for your comment. Though we love the idea of giving cookies for Christmas or other holiday celebrations, the “United States of Cookies” was not specific to Christmas or holiday cookies.

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