PSST……I have a secret

I * know*…..shhh………Santa!!!

It’s true! I’ve known him for many years.. he is just your everyday average joe 😉 Except that he is awesome~ he’s Santa!!!

Here is my niece, Alexis sitting on his lap. No doubt asking for the American girl doll that  she asked for that year..(which , of course, he delivered ,, because he’s SANTA!!!)

Now this may come as a surprise to most, but Santa has a thing for cranberries. Given the fact that in ‘in’ with the big guy… he had asked me to create a special cookie for him when he is visiting his weekend home on Cape Cod.
SO I created just for Santa

‘Cape Cod Cranberry Wine Cookies’

I know.. leave it to me to make a cookie with wine in it….. insane, right?

Well, happen to know that Santa likes a little bit of wine now (never when he is driving his sleigh) & then so I thought how perfect to incorporate it into his special cookie.

I’m thoughtful like that  *grin*


1 cup  packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1 egg
1/4 cup water
2 tsp red wine
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cloves
3 cups oats
2 cups dried cranberries

ok…. the baking powder just snuck into the picture.. we won’t be using that today.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugars & shortening together; add egg, wine & water. Mix well.
In a separate bowl, whisk all dry ingredients (except for cranberries).

Slowly ad the dry mix to the sugar mixture. Mix until well blended, but don’t over-mix.

Stir in cranberries.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven & let cool to a wire rack.

I know that  Santa has been waiting patiently (for the most part) for these cookies. He’s going to have to wait just a little bit longer to try them…. hang tight, Santa…..

These are an excellent choice to leave out with a glass of milk on Christmas Eve…

Santa, I have been very, very good this year


If you haven’t yet registered your pup to win a dozen of my home made biscuits… you still have time ! just comment on yesterday’s post!


  1. save one of these for me at the cookie swap !!!


  2. how do they come out without the wine?


  3. So, what do you do with the rest of the bottle of wine if you only use 2 tsp? :)These look really good – and I happen to have dried cranberries in the cabinet! These would be festive and different for my cookie exchange.


  4. cheryl~ saved :)Celia~ substitute vanilla…..and I love you Jill.. if you invite me over,,, we can polish off the wine while eating the cookies 🙂


  5. True story. Moving day. Shel & Jo decide to put our bed together & make it. Shel comes into the bedroom with 2 glasses of wine. As she was handing 1 to Jo the mattress falls on top of her. Laughing hysterically, Shel emerges from under the mattress, not 1, I mean not 1 drop of wine was spilled. Moral of the story; Don't mess with Shel & her wine. LOL Love ya, honey


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