Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Recipe: Orange Almond Cookies

I love cookies. Honestly what smells better than baking cookies. The mix of sugar and vanilla warming is just fabulous! But I often don't make cookies because it takes more time than bars or brownies.  But I love making cookies during the holidays and I make these for the first time a few years ago.  Although they don't have any chocolate (a necessary item for desserts in my opinion) they are yummy and a little unique. Plus if you start with a cookie mix like I generally do you can whip up a batch in no time.

Orange Almond Cookies
3 Dozen
Dry Sugar Cookie Mix
1/4 cup of finely chopped almonds
1 tablespoon of orange zest (very fine)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup of slivered almonds
1/4 cup of orange marmalade

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare dry sugar cookie mix as directed. I normally use Betty Crocker which calls for 1 egg and 1 stick of butter. Mix in 1/4 cup of finely chopped almonds, zest and vanilla.  I use a food processor to chop the nuts very fine.  Also depending on the zester you use you may need to chop to get zest very fine.  Refrigerate for 10 minutes.  Roll into 1 inch balls.  With handle of wooden spoon or fingertip press a indentation into the cookies.  Fill with 1/2 teaspoon of marmalade and top with 3-5 slivered almonds. Cook for 9-12 minutes until very light brown on edges.  Enjoy!

Tip: Depending on how sweet you want the cookies you may want to add some sugar to the orange marmalade.
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