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Friday, December 14, 2012

Orange Juice Cookies...

30 degrees - 7:23 pm - partly cloudy...

Do you find it interesting that orange season (at least for navel oranges) is now?  I do because when I think orange, I think summer.  Yet these tangy little cookies have been a Christmas tradition for as long as I can remember.  And this year was no exception.

These cookies are best when made while oranges are in season since they use the rind of the orange.  They are light and refreshing with a nice burst of orange flavor and are a nice option from the regular holiday goodies.  Also, the smell of orange zest makes your kitchen smell wonderful!

~Orange Juice Cookies~
Cookie Dough:
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 cup shortening
1 teaspoon orange rind
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon soda
½ cup granulated sugar
2 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 egg, beaten
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups powdered sugar
Remaining orange rind
Remaining orange juice

1 large or 2 small oranges are enough for cookies and frosting.  In a large bowl combine shortening, orange rind, brown sugar and egg.  Mix well.  Add all other dry ingredients and mix well.

Roll in wax paper and chill for 1 to 2 hours.  Cut chilled dough into ¼” slices.  Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes or until a light golden brown.  Place on wire racks to cool then frost.


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