Monday, April 5, 2010
Cookie Recipe #93 - Chocolate Orange Stars
Today is my niece, Stacey's, birthday, so this recipe is dedicated to her because she is a star! A blend of chocolate and orange make up the not-too-sweet cookie further splattered with sprinkles or sugar, then topped off with an orange glaze.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup shortening, 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 eggs, beaten, 2 teaspoons grated orange zest, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup cocoa, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 3 tablespoons orange juice. Glaze: 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 2-3 tablespoons orange juice, sprinkles or raw sugar.
Instructions: In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening with sugar. Add eggs and orange zest; mix well. Sift together flour, cocoa, and baking powder. Gradually stir dry ingredients into egg mixture, alternating with orange juice and ending with dry ingredients. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm enough to handle.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. With a star-shaped cookie cutter dipped in flour (or cookie cutter of your choice), cut out shapes and place on prepared baking sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart.
Bake 8-10 minutes; remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet one minute. Transfer to cooling racks and make glaze as follows: mix confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons orange juice in small bowl. Continue adding orange juice as needed until desired consistency is reached. Sprinkle with raw sugar or sprinkles, if desired.
Makes about 3 dozen stars.
"The Ultimate Cookie Book" pubished by Tormont Publications Inc., Montreal, Canada, 1997.