|Orange Cookies with Orange Glaze|
I am a big fan of orange in the coldest months. I don't drink orange juice, but I eat lots of those little clementines, burn my favorite orange candle, and today, with the threat of snow, I am making orange cookies. Just the smell of the zest brightens my mood, and I have some juice left over from holiday company.
These cookies are especially interesting, because I am using a new butter. I get approached by a lot of people and products that want me to speak their praises on my blog. I usually don't, as you may have seen. When I got an email about a butter replacement called Melt, I was intrigued. I use only real butter for my famous cookies, but I have been using a coconut oil spread for my popcorn and toast. And as much as I love my coconut spread, I gasp every time I buy it, as the price is ridiculous. I agreed to try Melt, and see if it really was the healthiest butter for me, and happily tucked my free coupons in my purse.
I could only find Melt at Whole Foods here, and that is not a convenient place to shop for me. I generally make a trip once a month to buy the only almond milk I really love, so perhaps Melt would become another cross-town staple for me. They sent me 2 coupons, and I decided to tackle healthy baking with one square, and try the other on my popcorn. Here's how things went down.
|bright ingredients for a dreary day!|
|I weighed the Melt since it doesn't come in sticks.|
|Italians like confetti on their glaze!|
Orange Cookies with Orange Glaze
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1/3 cup sugar
6 oz Melt (1 1/2 sticks of the other stuff)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Put all the above ingredients in a blender and mix well. Put into a mixing bowl, and add:
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
Mix well, dough should not be sticky, but you should be able to roll in your hands. You can make pretzels, flattened balls, long sticks. Whatever you like. They should sit about 10 minutes before baking at 350º. They should bake about 15-18 minutes until golden brown. They really don't spread, but do get quite puffy, so resist making big cookies.
|Dough should not be sticky.|
While the cookies are baking, make the glaze.
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 pound confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
|Weighing the confectioner's sugar....|