I've been waiting to do this post for months! I found the recipe over Summer, and decided to try it on a whim. I tweaked it here and there, and instantly knew I had to repeat the process to share on this blog. The cookies are perfect for Autumn, and I couldn't resist the opportunity to use some seasonally appropriate cookie cutters. The recipe is fairly easy to carry out, and they're guaranteed to make your home smell of Fall.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter/margarine
4 cups all purpose flour
1 large orange
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cloves
*misc. granulated sugar (optional) and flour
1. Grate the entire peel of your orange.
2. Combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and cloves in a bowl, and set aside.
3. In a larger bowl, cream together the granulated sugar, powdered sugar, butter/margarine, and eggs.
4. Add the flour mixture to your wet mixture, and mix until everything is fully combined. Add the orange peel and mix thoroughly.
5. Cover the dough, refrigerate, and let it sit until fully firm. I let mine sit overnight.
6. Preheat the oven to 350F.
7. Roll the dough, a section at a time, on a well floured surface. The dough will be extremely sticky and difficult to work with without the extra flour. Cut out your shapes, and place them two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle a small amount of granulated sugar on top. Bake for 12-13 minutes, or until the cookies are golden.
8. If you don't want to use cookie cutters, you can roll the dough into small balls (roughly an inch in diameter), and place them two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Flatten them with a floured fork, sprinkle sugar on top, and bake for the same amount of time.
Let me know if you make these, and I hope you enjoy them!