I needed a recipe for a good cranberry sauce so I turned to Pinterest where I found this one. Turned out it's from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays. Do you follow Ree? Her blog inspires me to get in the kitchen while her show makes me feel as if she's my friendly neighbor ready to show me how it's done. I should have known to go straight to her!
Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce
- One 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
- 2 large oranges
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
1. Rinse the cranberries under cold water. Zest the oranges. Add the cranberries and zest to a medium saucepan. Squeeze the juice from both oranges into the saucepan. Add the maple syrup and stir it all together. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until it’s nice and thick. If the sauce still seems a little thin, just simmer longer until it’s the right consistency.
2. Transfer the sauce to a dish and cover with plastic wrap. (I poured mine straight into mason jars). Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. This can be made up to two days in advance. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to three months.
All of which brings me to these Cranberry Sauce Cookies. The Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe made roughly 1-1/2 pints, most of which was eaten during the holidays. One half empty jar stared back at me from the refrigerator shelf as I contemplated a new treat for the Kirbster. I figured why not since the ingredients are dog friendly? Why not indeed! They were a huge hit, so much that while taking pictures Kirby and our foster, Jilly Bean, began eating the cookie right out of my hand. LOLz I just started snapping pics while they greedily chomped away.
Maple syrup (pure) is a natural sweetener with over 54 antioxidants that can help delay or prevent diseases caused by free radicals such as cancer or diabetes. It is an excellent source of manganese which plays an important role in energy production and antioxidant defenses and is necessary for normal brain and nerve function. It provides riboflavin which aids in the metabolic process and zinc which is essential for a healthy immune system. Other minerals found in maple syrup are calcium and potassium which decreases the risk of hypertension or stroke. The calories in maple syrup are lower than in corn syrup and honey averaging about 50 calories per tablespoon. Maple syrup is used to treat hypoglycemia in Yorkies and there are even studies using maple syrup to fight cancer in dogs.
Cranberry Sauce Cookies
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Nutrition facts: 47 calories each, 3 calories from fat each Total fat: 0.4g or 1% (0.4g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)
- 1 ½ cups brown rice flour
- ½ cup Homemade Cranberry Sauce
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed soaked in ¼ cup hot water for 10 minutes
- In a large bowl thoroughly mix the ingredients.
- Knead dough slightly and Roll out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut shapes with a cookie cutter and place on lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for twenty minutes. Turn off oven and leave for a few hours.
You can use 1 egg in place of the flax seed.
These should keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for up to three months.