Saturday, December 19, 2009

Orange Melaways from Gourmet Magazine - (Holiday Cookies)

Something about sweet-tangy citrus and the holidays.  I made a batch of Orange Meltaways this week, and they do melt on your tongue.  Couldn't find the exact recipe on the 'Net, so here is the one I used, which looks to be from an old Gourmet (RIP) Magazine.

In a large bowl cream together 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened, and 1/2 cup sifted confectioners sugar.  Into a bowl sift together 1 cup sifted flour (you are a sifting fool) and 1/2 cup cornstarch, stir the mixture into the sugar mixture, and add 4 teaspoons grated orange rind  (do not skimp). and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix thoroughly!
Chill the dough, covered, for 1 hour, or until it is firm enoug to handle.  Form the dough into a 10 inch strip on a doubled sheet of wax paper, roll it rightly into a 10-inch roll, using the wax paper as a guide, and chill it, wrapped in the wax paper and foil, in the freezing comparting of the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Roll the dough in granulated sugar and cut it into 1/4-inch slides with a sharp knife.
Arrange the slice on  lightly buttered baking sheets and bake the cookies in a preheated moderately hot oven (375 degrees F) for 10 minutes (my oven took longer) or until the edges are golden.

  Makes about 40 cookies. Like many  cookies, these are better the second day.  Make sure to cut into 1/4 inch slices or they will be too fragile and break.


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