It’s Almost Time!


Last January, we opened up

an “Official Cookie of Belle Grove Plantation” Cookie Contest.

Sadly, we ended up pulling the contest before we could really get going.

But starting March 1st, we are opening the Cookie Contest again!

So get your best Cookie Recipe ready! More detail will follow in the coming days!

Just to get your creative juices flowing, if not you stomach growling…

Here is one of the recipes we received and will consider during this contest! 

Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Orange Walnut Shortbread Cookies

(Based on the Cranberry Shortbread recipe from Ocean Spray)

This recipe comes from the following blogger:

Julia, Julie and I – the Joy of Cooking Rediscovered

Makes approximately 4 dozen


  • 1 ¼ cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 generous tablespoon grated orange zest


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in the flour, a little at a time, until combined.
  • Stir in dried cranberries, zest and walnuts.

Cookies can be made into balls or flattened. To make round cookies, roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 dozen at a time on ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake 15 to 17 minutes
  • Cool

To make flat cookies, form dough into 1-inch balls as directed above. Using the wet bottom of a glass dipped in granulated sugar; flatten balls on cookie sheet, making rounds 2-inches in diameter.

  • Bake 12 to 14 minutes
  • Cool

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21 thoughts on “It’s Almost Time!

  1. I have a great double chocolate chip cookie recipe that I am really proud of. Also for people who like the orange chocolate combo I have a recipe for that too. so yummy! I wan to enter!

  2. mionsiog says:

    Great idea a cookie contest. I hope you will have some original 1700’s Old Virginia recipies come to you if not I am sure the Lib of Congress can give you some references to select from,
    Good piece.
    Thank you.
    Take Care.

  3. tommiaw says:

    Hmmm, whether to go shopping and add these ingredients to the cart or stop by the local bakery beforehand…. (smile) Sweet read Friday.

  4. Admin says:

    Very very excited and so looking forward to our visit-stay with you!

  5. augusta says:

    I will be trying this one soon. Thank you!

  6. I really love your picture of the founding fathers enjoying [what appears to be] a snickerdoode! I cookie contest is a great idea, I don’t know why more people don’t have competitions like that anymore.

  7. becky6259 says:

    Cute picture! The cookie picture also looks good and the cookies sound yummy!

  8. Lovely recipe. Might try it sometime. Dianne

  9. sarahlouisek says:

    Cranberry, orange and walnut, all together, in a cookie? I have to try this one for sure. And I love your photo of the patriots with the chocolate cookies — brilliant!

  10. Oh dear, here I was deciding that I was going to cut back on the baking and eat more fruit and along comes this recipe. I love cranberries. I guess I could justify these cookies because they are fruity!

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