July 21, 2009

Cinnamon Orange Cookies

These are so summery with an island flavor. Make them plain as below or glaze with a cream cheese icing. Add a little lemon or orange juice to an icing for an extra tropical flavor or add toasted coconut to the batter.

Cinnamon Orange Cookies
yields 4 to 5 dozen

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 -3 ounce package cream cheese -softened
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons grated orange peel

Mix together flour, cinnamon, allspice and salt.
In medium bowl using electric mixer set on low, beat together butter and cream cheese. Beat in the sugar until mixed and add orange juice and peel.
Add flour mixture and beat until combined. Do not overbeat.
Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until dough is firm.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Roll dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Cut into your favorite cookie shape.
Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet in preheated 350°F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.


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