We are introduced, at an early age, to the sweet wondernous of a cookie. From teething cookies to soothe the swollen aching gums of incoming incisors, onto animal crackers purchased in rectangular-shaped boxes bearing a string handle for easy toting by little fingers. Deciding which part of the animal should be eaten first-the trunk of the elephant or the tail of a lion-depended on how hungry one was. Savor each and every one or simply gobble them down as fast as possible.

My next cookie memory would be the ever famous, possibly all-time favorite, the chocolate chip cookie. There is nothing better than to bite into a round circle of baked dough sprinkled with gooey melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. A chocolate chip cookie can dry tears, heal broken hearts, mend scraped knees and elbows and solve sibling arguments. Most of the problems in the world could likely be solved by a properly baked, right out of the oven, chocolate chip cookie. The power of a cookie is underestimated.

I will attempt in the next 365 days to prepare and comment on a year’s worth of different cookies-one for each day. My goal is to share with others my extreme love of cookies-baking them and especially eating them! Feel free to send me your favorite recipe, your earliest cookie memories, or how cookies may have influenced your life. Cookies Rule!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Cookie Recipe #274 - Orange Cardamom Turnovers

Cardamom is similar to ginger, but with a taste all its own. In the middle of these cookie turnovers you will find a dab of sweet orange marmalade.

Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom, 3/4 cup butter, diced, 2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel, 1/4 cup cold water, 3 tablespoons orange juice, 1/3 cup orange marmalade, powdered sugar for sprinkling.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl stir together flour, granulated sugar, and cardamom. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl combine orange peel, cold water, and orange juice. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon orange mixture over part of the flour mixture. Gently toss with a fork; push to side of bowl. Repeat with remaining orange mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, until all flour mixture is moistened. Form into a ball.

Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time until 1/8 inch thick. Using a floured 2 1/2-inch scalloped or plain round cookie cutter, cut out dough. Place a rounded 1/4 teaspoon of the marmalade on half of each round. Fold in half. Seal edges, pressing with your fingers (or use a fork to seal edges). Place 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheet.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool. Sift powdered sugar over tops of cookies.

Makes about 40 cookies.

"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.

Cookies Rule!!!

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