4 tablespoons chopped fresh cranberries (optional I like the tartness)
3 cups flour
1/2 cup maraschino red cherries
1/2 cup maraschino green cherries
1 cup toasted coarsely chopped pistachio nuts, pine nuts or almonds, save some whole ones for the tops.
2 1/2 tablespoons almond extract
1 egg white beaten with 1 tablespoon water and a little flavoring used above
In an electric mixer bowl add butter, 1 cup sugar and baking powder. Beat in eggs, egg yolk, and orange, cranberries, cherries, nuts and flavoring.
Spread out each loaf on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (they will smooth out as they cook). Place more nuts on top that are whole. Cook around 10 minutes or till the top looks set and not sticky, take out and lightly but quickly brush with egg white and a little sprinkle of sugar. Return to oven. Continue to bake at 375 degrees until browned on top. ( This keeps the sugar still shiny)
Let cool on cookie sheet until completely cool. Cut into 1 inch slices or thinner if you like. Place slices, onto cookie sheets and toast at 325 degrees flipping to brown on each side. When cool you can dip the ends in pink or green tinted chocolate for a festive look!