Instead of coffee and tea, pair this treat with a cocktail at your holiday party. Dorie Greenspan, cookbook author and owner of CookieBar in New York City, shares her recipe using a Chinese spice mixture.
Toss 1 tablespoon sugar with frozen cranberries; set aside, stirring occasionally.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, Chinese 5-spice powder, and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter on low speed until smooth and creamy. Add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg and continue to mix 1 minute more. Mixture may appear curdled, but it will even out once dry ingredients are added.
With the mixer on low, add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir cranberries and spoon into dough; discard any liquid in bowl. Mix just to incorporate, or fold in using a spatula.
Turn dough out onto work surface and gently shape into a ball. Divide dough in half and pat each half into a disk. Working with one disk at a time, place dough between two sheets of wax paper and roll dough between sheets until it is 1/4-inch-thick. Slide dough, still between paper, onto a cutting board and transfer to freezer. Freeze for at least 1 hour or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze up to 1 month. Repeat process with remaining disk of dough.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees with a rack set in center of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside.
Working with one piece of frozen dough at a time, cut out cookies using a 1 1/2-inch-round cookie cutter. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Set aside scraps.
Transfer baking sheet to oven and bake, until lightly golden around edges and cookies feel just firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack and let cool for 2 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheet and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
Repeat process with remaining piece of frozen dough. Repeat rolling, freezing, and baking process with scraps from both dough halves.
Try these cookies with an off-dry white wine -- a Pinot Gris, a Pinot Blanc, or a Gewurztraminer.