Friday, December 23, 2011
Orange and Cardamom Sugar Cookies
Orange and Cardamom Sugar Cookies*
recipe slightly adapted from Bon Appetit December 2009
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons ground cardamom**
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg, room temperature
Raw sugar, or holiday sprinkles
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cardamom, 1/2 teaspoon salt until blended. Using an electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until creamy, about 3 min. Slowly add 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar; beat until light and fluffy, another 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low, beat in orange peel, vanilla, and egg, beat until blended. Add flour mix, 1/3 at a time, mixing on low until just blended. Refrigerate until firm enough to shape, about an 1 hours.
Divide dough in half. Form each half into ball, flatten into disks, wrap in plastic. Chill until firm enough to roll out, about 45 minutes. Take out when ready to roll and let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll out 1 dough disk on light floured surface to 1/8 thickness. Cut out cookies in holiday shape. Transfer cookies to baking sheets, leaving 1 inch between each. Sprinkle with raw sugar. Gather dough scraps into ball. Flatten, cover and freeze until firm enough to roll out agains, 10 minutes.
Bake cookies for 14 minutes or until slightly golden on the edges, depending on the size and oven temperament. Remove from oven and let cool for 3-5 minutes on baking tray, before transferring to wire cooling rack. Store in airtight containers.
Cook's Notes: *Normally I make these cookies as directed by the recipe above, but today I actually used a sugar cookie mix, followed the directions on the back of the package, added the orange, cardamom, and vanilla extract into the mix in the measurements below, and then dropped them with a cookie scope on the baking tray. Easy and just as delicious.
**My orange, cardamom, and vanilla extract quantities are significantly increased from original recipe. Having made these several times now, I find they are better with a little more sugar and spice :) Plus, the cardamom cooks off quite a bit.