These cookies are delicate. I love them the best of all the ones my mom made, except a Christmas Cookie that I still cannot master. (We’ll talk more about that one later.) These orange cookies smell delicious while baking and when I open the container they are stored in I can smell the orange. Don’t slice them too thick or they are too soft. Make sure the dough stays cold while slicing. That has something to do with the crispness. These were best when she made them at Christmas along with other goodies she included on a plate for friends and neighbors. These are my choice for a cookie exchange. They are good with a hot spiced tea.
Orange Ice Box Cookies with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Glaze
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg (room temperature)
- 2 tablespoons fresh, squeezed orange juice
- 2-¾ cups all-purpose
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
- ½ cup chopped pecans, optional
- 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg, orange juice, and orange zest. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl with a whisk to lighten and add to the mix. Finely chop the pecans and mix well. (optional)
Form into 2 logs and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or until you are ready to bake. Slice about ¼” thick and bake at 400° for 8 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool.
When cool, dip in the chocolate chips which you can melt in the microwave. I use a spoon and cover just one end with the chocolate and put on a rack to harden. (I put them in the frig or freezer to speed this up.)
Store in an air-tight container.
Enjoy! Now share your cookie recipe with me at the Holiday Cookie Exchange.