I have found a new Christmas cookie. Well... new to me anyway! Y'all know I have this deep-rooted need to make Christmas cookies every year~ actually it borders on an irrational compulsion! Christmas just isn't the same without a plate (or 2) of homemade cookies.
I found this recipe for Orange spiced cookies that don't need to be iced. That will cut 'cookie time' in half. I have to say; they don't scrimp on flavor. The orange zest and cardamon give these shortbread cookies a holiday flavor.
Orange Spiced Cardamon Cookies
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbs orange zest
2 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp salt
2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
2 Tbs heavy cream
Whisk together flour, zest, cardamom, and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, then beat in yolk and cream. At low speed, mix in flour mixture a bit at a time just until a dough forms. When smooth for a ball, then chill, wrapped separately in plastic wrap, until firm, 2 to 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 350° Roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. You can see the flecks of orange zest! Cut out as many cookies as possible with cookie cutter (chill dough again if necessary), reserving and chilling scraps. Sprinkle with golden raw sugar before baking. Bake until edges are golden-brown, 9 to 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes, then slide cookies, onto a rack to cool completely. (Add red hots right after baking) Only one tree, half the cookie time, online shopping.... I just might make it this year. Now is the time to sit back and reflect on the Glory of Christmas.
Merry Christmas y'all,