Sunday, November 18, 2012

Cranberry Cookie Strudel - Blue Ribbon Winner

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This is my first "blue ribbon winner"!!  I can honestly tell you, this is beyond decadence, this is "totally rockin"!!!
First the luscious homemade cranberry sauce, cookie crumbles and then the decadent pie dough!!  
You will be running to your oven to check on these goodies... "oh wait, that's me"!  Cannot wait for them to cool and then slice into these luscious gems and add some vanilla ice cream right next to it.  Why?  Well hello just because!!

Want whipped cream instead? Go for it!!!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Cranberry Sauce:
1 pkg (12 Oz) fresh cranberries
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Ground cloves
1/4 tsp. Ground nutmeg
1/2 cups water
Zest of one lemon (or orange)

Cookie Strudel Remainder:
10 shortbread cookies or 8 oatmeal raisin cookies, crumbled (1-1/2 cups)
2 tsp grated orange zest
1/4 stick unsalted butter (divided)
2 pre-made pie crusts.
1/2 cup decorative sugar crystals
1 egg white, beat till frothy
1 tbsp water

-Prepare your cranberry sauce.  In a pot add your cranberries, spices, zest and water.

-Let simmer for approximately 25 minutes or till all the sugar has dissolved and most of the cranberries have popped.  Turn off heat and let cool.

-As cranberry sauce is cooking, in a mini food chopper let's process our cookies.  Set aside.

-Let's unroll and shape our pie dough shall we? Shape into a rectangle shape.  Set aside.

-Once cranberry sauce has cooled, it's time to prepare our strudel.

-Spread 1/2 of the (1/4 stick butter) all over the pie crust.  Add 1/4 of cookie crumbs in a center line vertically.  Then add half of your cranberry sauce,  add 1/2 of your reserved orange zest- reserve the other 1/2 for the second strudel.   Top with another 1/4th of the cookie mixture.

Working from the end closest to you, roll the pie crust away from you and up and over the cranberry sauce.  Let's tuck in ends.  Now last but not least, working with dough furthest away from you, fold over towards you, over the middle meeting the other dough, seal as best you can.  Just like a burrito! Using a spatula, lift strudel and place SEAM SIDE DOWN on an aluminum foil lined, pre-sprayed baking sheet.

-Preheat oven to 375F.

-Beat your egg white with 1 tbsp of water till nice and frothy.

-Baste your strudel logs with the egg white mixture.  Sprinkle your crystallized sugar over the strudel logs, making sure all areas are coated. Using a sharp knife, make 4-5 slits into each log ensuring it will allow the steam to escape.

-Bake for 30 - 35 minutes till nicely golden brown.  Remove from oven, and let sit on baking sheet till cool, about 25 minutes. 

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-Serve with your favorite side... sit back and just reign in the compliments!!

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi

This recipe is part of the "Foodie Friends Friday" link up, found here: foodie friends friday
While your' there, check out some absolutely amazing recipes!!


  1. Replies
    1. Alex, you have to promise me to make this... I know your watching, but promise me...
      It's outta this world!!!!

  2. Now that just sounds delicious. I had to write it down cause my printer isn't cooperating.

    1. Cynthia, the best!! The cranberry sauce recipe is my cranberry sauce I always make, I just stuffed it in something... you know my obsession with stuffing, lol

  3. Didi, it's a good thing I live so far away from you! Otherwise I'd be at your house eating ALL THE TIME! I've saved this one too!

  4. This looks delish Didi- I never make anything with pie dough, but this looks like something I can do, no prob. Thanks and happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    1. Linda to you and yours as well!! So easy and delicious my friend!!!

  5. Didi I wish I had looked at this sooner!! It would have been part of our Thanksgiving feast! Adding to my Christmast menu for sure!!!

    1. So very easy my sweet DeeDee, and utterly delicious!! I can't wait for you to try it!!

  6. This looks so good!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe on the Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party. Please remember to link the recipe back to Thanks!

  7. Hi Kelly,
    Thank you and "duh moment", will do so as we speak...
    Love Foodiefriendsfriday!!!

  8. What a great idea! Love all of the combination of flavors. I am hosting a giveaway on Dining With Debbie during the month of Merry, Marry Munchies. There are two giveaways, actually: (1) $50 gift certificate to my favorite jeweler, and (2) a signed copy of Kat Robinson's new book, Arkansas Pie: A Slice of the Natural State. I would love for you to enter and win one of these. Be sure to enter through rafflecopter.

  9. Oh my word!This looks and sound scrumptious, Didi! I am loving it. Sharing my sweet friend :)

    1. Thank you so much Hadia, as you can see my sweet friend, very simple!