Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cookies For Days.

Look at me! 3 posts in under a week?! I'm on a roll!! Woooooooooooooo Hoooooooooo! Anyway, it's getting to be that time again in Southern California where a bathing suit is really the only suitable (yes I did that on purpose) thingto wear for 3 months. All I ever want to eat in the summer is fruit. Its so hot out that anything more than that sounds gross. I wanted to try a light-weight fluffy and fruity kind of cookie that isn't too heavy or buttery like my usual shortbread. I found a recipe for orange zest cookies- afterall citrus is my favorite. WARNING: This particular recipe yields a loooooooooooot of cookies (seriously).

You will need:

2 cups white sugar

1 cup shortening (I used butter)

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

2 tablespoons grated orange zest
Combine sugar with your butter (or shortening if you choose) in a LARGE - trust me, I had to swap out mixing bowls half way through- bowl.

I had to get down n dirty (not literally, my hands were clean!) and use my hands for a lot of this recipe because i coughstilldonthaveamixercough and a wooden spoon wasn't cuttin it.
Add 2 eggs, vanilla, orange juice and zest.
Add your sour cream. Let me tell you, the sour cream makes ALL the difference when it comes to these guys, it makes them super light weight and delish!
Set mixture aside. Combine baking powder, soda and your 5 (YES 5) cups of flour. Sift through and add to wet mixture slowly. \
Just a quick peek at the GIANT mess I made in my kitchen today from doing this. My poor computer (thats where the recipe was and you cant see all the flour on the ground)
Grease up as many cooking sheets as you have and use a teaspoon to drop the dough onto the sheet. Bake at 375 or until golden on bottom. I found myself cooking them for more like 12-13 minutes.
Remember my Olive? I brought in a diner chair so she could see better. She sat there the whole time, even with dough and various objects flying through the air.
Once the cookies are cooled, you can frost them. For the frosting you'll need.

1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
* If I were you I would double that recipe, I ran out.**
Combine everything together until it is "spreadable".
And frost away! You will have lots and lots of cookies, about 6 dozen to be exact.
I wasnt jokin!


  1. Saw your profile on another page. Glad I checked out your blog. Look forward to following you here. Cheers!

  2. What a cute kitty. I have a black one that looks just like that. Her name is Bailey. Cheers!

  3. These look tasty Sarah! I'm jealous of your So Cal locale ;-) because it's still pretty chilly and unpredictable here.
    I miss you!

    (Hi Lazaro!)