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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Dreamsicle Bites

Part two of the cookies made with oranges ! I actually used the same base dough recipe that I use for my chocolate chip cookies. Originally, I was thinking about putting white chocolate chips in these, but I don't really like them, so why do that ? I would basically be making cookies just to give away. Instead, I chose to frost these with a light glaze with vanilla and orange zest. The result is a bright, light cookie that is a nice contrast to most of the overly sweet cookies served during the holidays.


 Dreamsicle Bites

2 sticks butter (1 cup) softened
3 oranges, zested and juiced (juice should not be more than 1/2 cup)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 3/4 to 4 cups all purpose flour

For the glaze: 
3 tablespoons orange zest 
3 tablespoons orange juice 
1 tablespoon white vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar 

Preheat oven to 350. Cream together the butter, orange zest and juice, and eggs. Add vanilla and sugars, and mix well. Slowly add dry ingredients. Consistency of the dough should be like play dough, not sticky to the touch, but not dry. Form into 1 inch balls and drop onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes just until golden brown. Remove to cooling rack to cool. Mix together glaze ingredients and frost. Let frosting dry completely before storing. 

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