Monday, December 14, 2009

11 Days 'till Christmas - Orange Cookies!

Orange Cookies
This may be our family's number one favorite cookie. This soft, cake-like cookie tastes like Panera Bread's orange scones if you've had them. The orange icing is the best! The recipe make a lot of cookies, so cut the recipe in half if you'd like.

Orange Cookies
adapted from an old family recipe

5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup orange juice


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and stir with a whisk to combine. Combine buttermilk and orange juice in a 2-cup measuring cup. Cream the butter and sugar, and zest in the bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape the bowl as needed. Alternate adding the flour and buttermilk mixtures starting and ending with the flour mixture. Drop by tablespoons or by a cookie scoop onto a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat mat or parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes or until the bottoms are just beginning to brown. Cool completely before topping with orange icing (recipe follows).

Orange Icing

3 tablespoons butter
3 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar (1 pound box)
4 to 5 tablespoons orange juice (approximately)
1 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
a pinch of salt

Cream butter, orange zest and salt in a bowl with an electric stand or hand mixer. Add sugar gradually, alternating with enough orange juice to make frosting the right consistency for spreading.

13 comments:

  1. my husband would love these - he loves orange anything. If I decide to make any more cookies this year, these will be it! They might have to wait until january though

    p.s. i just read your previous post and you are from Pittsburgh? I am originally from pittsburgh, but moved to michigan a little over a year ago. :)

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  2. I can do these without a lesson!!!!!! Yeah!!!! Can't wait to try them....I looooove orange or lemon cookies.

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  3. These look and sound delicious! Thanks for sharing your family recipe...those are always the best!

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  4. Oh those look good and make me so nostalgic! My grandma used to make a yummy orange cookie at Christmas time when I was growing up - they were my favorite!

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  5. Greetings from Switzerland! I followed the recipe and the result was fantastic! These cookies are this year's new addition to my collection. Thank you very much and have a great Holiday Season!

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  6. I bet your house smells so good. These look like a great addition to a Christmas tray, can't wait to make these.
    mickey

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  7. These cookies look so classic! I'm sure we'd love them at this house! Delicious!

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  8. These look light and delicious. Your blog is like a brand-new recipe box, already filled! Thank you!

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  9. I can imagine these would taste wonderful!

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  10. Yum, what a deliciously flavored cookie.

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  11. I just love anything baked that has orange in it! Your cookies look wonderful....especially with that frosting! YUM!

    Happy Sunday!
    ~avril :-)

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