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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Christmas Cookies!

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,


Palma said...

Those look great, Sandi! Relax for a minute and have one.

Char said...

they sound warm and delicious

Justabeachkat said...

Beautiful...and I bet you a Christmas dollar they taste as good as they look.

Merry Christmas sweet friend!

nanny said...

They look and sound so good! I never have a new cookie recipe....just made snickerdoodles...I will make your recipe next week before Christmas.

Cora said...


Baked Alaska said...

Sounds great. I love cardamom. Can't believe I haven't have time to do any baking yet. Looking forward to this weekend.

Unknown said...

Making Christmas cookies is the favorite tradition of my kids. They always make sure that they make a whole lot of cookies! Thanks for the recipe! Something new for them!

Midlife Roadtripper said...

I'll have to try this as I use cardamon in my coffee bread.

candi said...

Sandi-thanks for sharing this recipe. I tried it yesterday(I say tried because I am a horrible rolled cookie dough handler), and they turned out great and the taste was divine, I think they are now officially my husband's favorite Christmas cookies. I'll be taking some with me to Houston for Christmas festivities at my in-laws too, I think I'll whip another batch today.Again, thanks for a great recipe.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Y'all thanks for stopping in and leaving comments. I haven't had the time to respond like I like to... but they brighten my day.

I'm glad you tried these cookies. They are a nice change!

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