Friday, October 15, 2010

Candy Corn Cookies

Where did I get this amazing Candy Corn Cookies recipe? Bree has been an inspiration to my house time boredom with her wonderful and bright recipes. go check her out My husband grew up in a family of "cookie bakers",where pushing out 4 dozen cookies in what seemed like 15 mins was the norm. As a military family we often lose our day to day interactions with family members from all over the country. We both have a sense of strong family values and well...cookies bring part of that to our house.

So to start a tradition for the holiday seasons I've decided to start "12 weeks to Christmas", every week I will bake a different recipe that our family enjoys or something new we'd love to have....I bake all the time anyways so why not share it with you all?

1 cup butter room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 Tablespoons orange juice
2 teaspoons orange zest
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
orange gel food coloring ( in my case I used red and yellow food coloring)
yellow gel food coloring
sanding sugar or natural sugar
baking loaf pan
parchment paper
measuring spoons
measuring cup
forearm muscles OR a mixer
sharp smooth knife
and 2 good ol baking sheets
Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy ( about 3-4 minutes ). Then add egg, orange juice, zest and salt mix until even yummier ( is that a word?). slowly add 1Cup of flour at a time and baking soda. Beat until combined. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and divided cookie dough into three parts
Add the first third of the dough to the loaf pan pressing it evenly in the bottom. Add a few drops of orange to the second third of dough and press that into the pan. Do the same thing and make yellow and press it into the pan.
Wrap the cookie dough in the parchment and chill in the refrigerator until firm. I chilled mine overnight and it was a perfect firmness.
Unwrap the cookie dough and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Slice the dough into triangles. you can get about 5-6 triangles from each slice.
Dip one side of the cookie into the sanding sugar.
Arrange on the cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 7 to 10 minutes.
Cool on a cooling rack.

You will be amazed at the taste, the orange really pops in your mouth! it reminds me of the cookies you get around Christmas time that come in a blue tin...friggin YUMMY!!
Try is and let me know how they turned out and what did you do differently if anything different?

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