Monday, December 6, 2010

Citrus Meltaways

These cookies say Christmas to me almost as much as shortbread cookies with their red and green cherries.  I started with Martha Stewart's recipe  and tweaked it a bit because to me orange is more of a Christmas taste than lime.


3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1/3 cup sifted icing sugar plus extra for coating cookies at end
Grated zest of 2 oranges
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp vanilla (yes TBSP)
1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp cornstarch 

Beat butter and icing sugar until fluffy.  Add orange zest, lemon juice and vanilla and mix well.  Sift together flour and cornstarch and mix into butter mixture.  

Divide dough into two equal pieces. 

Roll each piece into a roll 1 1/4 " thick. 

Wrap rolls in wax paper and refrigerate at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 350F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. *NOTE - I was out of parchment and used wax paper instead and it smoked a fair bit!  Slice rolls into 1/8" thick slices and place on paper.

Bake until slightly golden (MS says 13-15 min) about 10 minutes.

Let cookies cool slightly and place in bag with icing sugar to coat.

MS recipe said 10 dozen but I only got 7 dozen.  Very tasty orange flavor.  Yum!  Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I've been looking for some new Christmas cookie recipes to add to my repertoire. These sound easy and yummy!