I live in Utah. I think it is written in the Utah Code that it must always snow on or a day before May 1st. Never fails. So one day it will be 72 degrees and the next the gardens are frozen and we have inches of snow on the ground. I don’t get it. Doesn’t seem right to me, but I choose to live here so I must live with it, right? I am most definitely looking forward to bright and sunny days ahead.
So as I sit there and watch the snow flakes fall, I crave spring, I crave summer. Nothing says spring or summer like citrus. Am I right? I made a version of these cookies using lemon zest and lemon juice. They were delightful. Perfect texture, perfect tangy lemon-ness. Didn’t get those photographed, but I was craving them again so I decided to switch them up a bit and use fresh oranges instead. I have to say, they were amazing. I think oranges seem to get a little neglected in the baking world. They are an amazing fruit, and they make amazing cookies. Give them a try and brighten up your day!
Orange Zested Cookies w/ Sweet Orange Glaze
makes about 2-3 dozen (depending on the size)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
For the glaze:
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
fresh orange juice
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a small bowl, mix the sugar and orange zest. Rub together with your fingers until zest is throughout the sugar. The sugar will become moist from the oils being released. Using a mixer, cream the butter and orange zested sugar. Add egg and orange juice. Slowly add the dry ingredients until well incorporated. At this point you can chill for an hour or so or overnight. I was impatient and baked them! Scoop onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and roll into smooth round balls. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes or until very lightly golden on the bottoms. Don’t overbake or they will be a bit to dry and lose the perfect texture.
Mix the confectioners’ sugar, orange zest and enough orange juice to get a glaze consistency and mix until smooth and creamy. Pour glaze over the tops of the cookies and let set.
Feel free to mix up the citruses. Use lemons or limes instead of oranges, or use some of each. Delicious!