Late this morning I decided that my kids needed a little home baked treat when they came home from school. Cookies are always a big hit but I am sick of making the usual chocolate chip cookie (and sick of eating the dough before it goes in the oven!) In light of the fact that it is going to snow here for the next 4 days I decided we needed a taste of spring. Light, airy Orange Cookies were my choice. Unfortunately, I wasted the entire afternoon making what was an easy, quick cookie. I had some, shall we say, complications. The original recipe I was using was too big so I halved it. Unfortunately, I was talking on the phone as I was making the cookies and only managed to half parts of the recipe!! They came out like crepes. :( Not exactly what I was hoping for. I made them again (and got off the phone) but thought they were too sweet. So, I set about creating my own little recipe. I think they turned out pretty darn good! They are not too sweet with a mild orange flavor. Nothing too intense, these would be perfect with a cup of tea. I wouldn't know though, because my kids came home from school and whoosh, they were gone. They informed me they are perfect with a glass of milk. Do try them and maybe someday soon Spring will come !
1/2 cup butter, unsalted, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup of milk, room temperature
1 small orange(or 1/2 large) zest and juice
1 tbsp butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375.
In mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla. In another small bowl whisk flour and baking soda and powder. Zest orange and juice. Put aside 1 tblsp of juice and 1/2 tsp of zest for icing. Add flour mixture and milk to sugar mixture alternating between the 2 as you add. Then add remaining zest and juice. Drop onto parchment lined cookie sheets by teaspoons. Bake for 8 -10 until edges are lightly browning. Transfer to cooling rack. In the meantime, mix 1 tbslp melted butter, zest and orange juice that you put aside with confectioners sugar to make icing. While cookies are still warm, lightly ice. Let cool completely.