Delicious Orange-Scented Sugar Cookies Recipe
An amazing base for just about any frosting, make these in different shapes and sizes for parties, dessert or just for fun! This is a great recipe to get the kids involved with. For a nice sweet frosting, try the buttercream frosting below!
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼# butter
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Zest from one large orange – approx. ¾ tablespoon
- 1 ½ tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
- Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together in a small mixing bowl to blend. Cream butter and sugar together then stir in orange zest. Beat in egg and orange juice. Stir in dry ingredients until well combined. Shape dough into two disks, wrap in waxed paper and chill until firm, about one hour.
- Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or butter lightly. Remove one dough disk from refrigerator and roll on a lightly floured surface to roughly ¼” thickness. Cut out cookies using festive cookie cutters. Carefully transfer cookies to prepared baking sheet, spacing 1 inch apart. If desired, sprinkle with colored sugar prior to baking. Bake cookies until lightly golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Let cookies cool 5 minutes on pan, then carefully transfer to wire rack. Cool baking sheet completely before reusing.
- Gather dough scraps into ball. Flatten, cover, and chill dough until firm enough to roll out again. Roll out remaining disk and repeat. Don’t worry about overworking this dough, it is very forgiving and can be rolled and rerolled as many times as needed to finish it.
- Decorate with frosting and sprinkles, if desired, once cookies are completely cool.
- 3-4 cups confectioners sugar
- ½ cup (one stick) butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes.
- With mixer on low speed, add 3 cups confectioners sugar, milk, and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add remaining 2 cups sugar to reach desired consistency.
- Divide frosting into multiple bowls and add color as desired.
- Makes enough to frost four to six dozen cookies – depending on who is doing the frosting!
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