Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Frosted Orange Drops

Yet again, another installment of Sunday cookies! This time Gwyn helped me too! She picked out the recipe. These turned out really well, a very refreshing taste. Like every cookie I make, I highly suggest making them... They were well received at work and here at home :)

Frosted Orange Drops

Approx Prep Time: 45 mins
Makes 4-5 dozen

2 Medium Navel Oranges
1/2 cup Butter-flavored Shortening (I used normal Crisco)
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Milk
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt

left over orange stuff
2 cups Powdered Sugar
1 Tablespoon Melted Butter

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees

Quarter the oranges, remove as much white stuff as you can from the peel and the orange flesh, remove the top and bottom parts that are hard and tasteless. Throw everything else in a blender (I guess you could use a food processor) including the peel. Blend until you have a nice and pungent orange mush. Set this aside.

In a bowl, cream the sugar and the butter until well incorporated. Beat in milk and 6-7 tablespoons orange mush. Combine the flour, baking power, baking soda and salt in a different bowl, then slowly fold into mixture. Mix until well blended.

Grease your cookie sheet. Place drop fulls evenly spaced. If you keep them small they will not spread too much. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, or just until the bottoms brown. Remove, let sit for 5 minutes then cool on racks.

While all of this is going on, prepare your frosting. Pour the butter in to the sugar, mix well. Then add as much orange mush as you need to make a spreadable frosting (about 3-6 tablespoons... I did not really count). Once the cookies have cooled, spoon or knife some frosting on to each cookie. They do not need a lot, I made my frosting kind of thick, so there was only a dollop on each cookie.


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