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Friday, June 21, 2013

Orange Sugar Cookie

1 1/2 cups sugar, plus more for dipping
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon orange  zest
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch of ground ginger

Preheat the oven to 350°F and either lightly grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Cream together the sugar and the butter until well combined. Stir in the egg, vanilla extract, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit zest until well combined. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and ginger and then combine with the liquid ingredients until a soft dough is formed. (This is supposed to be a soft dough, but if you find it’s too soft then chill it for 15 minutes before proceeding.)

Pour some granulated sugar into a bowl and then form the dough into tablespoon-sized balls. Dip each dough ball into the sugar and then place on the sheet 2-inches apart, as they’ll spread as they bake. Bake one sheet at a time for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are just set. They’ll be puffy when they come out of the oven but as they cool they’ll flatten and form those glorious cracks in the surface. Continue for the rest of the dough.

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