Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Cookie Recipe #10 - Orange Burst
This is a cookie I came up with last summer as I was experimenting in the test kitchen. It is a light cookie that fills your mouth with sunshine (orange) when you bite into it with another texture and flavor of citrus when you reach the gummy center.
Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened, 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar, 2 egg yolks, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3-4 tablespoons of orange juice (my family only drinks the "no pulp orange juice", but if you use the "pulp o.j. it will only give it more flavor),2-3 tablespoons grated orange peel, 3 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 12-14 orange gumdrops (sliced in half), raw sugar.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour about 1/4 cup of raw or granulated sugar in small bowl; set aside. Slice orange gumdrops in half;set aside. Grate orange peel in small bowl (be careful not to grate any of the white part); set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat butter; add sugar and continue beating. Drop eggs in middle of mixture and gradually mix all together. Add vanilla, orange juice and grated orange peel. Sift flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar over dough and mix until completed incorporated.
With floured fingers, roll into 1 inch balls and dip only one side into raw sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheet, sugar side up and place one gumdrop half lightly on top of each cookie. Place in 350 degree preheated oven and bake 10-11 minutes. Edges should be barely brown; remove and allow to cool on baking sheet a minute or two. Transfer to cooling racks. When cool, bring a burst of sunshine to your mouth!
This recipe makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.