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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Feathered Turtle Doves



These holiday cookies were inspired by a thrifty find, given to me by a dear friend. The little red Turtle Dove cookie cutter (as shown above) had to be put to the test- but not with just any ordinary sugar cookie recipe.
The cookie is actually an 'Orange-Spiced' rolled sugar cookie with a baked glaze. The baked glaze transforms this cookie into something wild, by creating a feathery look as the icing crackles. Sweet and buttery with a hint of orange, this cookies will keep finding their way into your mouth.
The recipe is adapted from my most treasured baking book 'Caprial's Desserts' by Caprial Pence and Melissa Carey. This book is a must have for any serious baker- for it is full of unique recipes ranging from breakfast sweets to special occasions.

The Recipe
Orange-Spiced Glazed Cookies

1-1/4 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
zest of 1 orange
3 teaspoons pumpkin spice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheets w/parchment paper.
In a bowl or electric mixer, beat sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla, and orange zest, and mix well. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin spice, and mix well. Incorporate flour into wet ingredients until dough is smooth. Refrigerate dough until firm and easy to handle.
Coat a clean surface area for rolling, with powdered sugar. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter of your choice, gently cut out cookies and place on to parchment lined baking pan. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes.
While cookies are baking, prepare icing by mixing together 1 cup powdered sugar, a dash of pure vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice.
When cookies are done baking, remove them from the oven. Immediately brush each cookie with a glaze. Bake for 5-6 minutes until glaze begins to crackle. Let cookies cool completely before serving. Enjoy!

Notes: The parchment paper is and important step in baking these cookies. Otherwise, the icing will bake onto your cook sheet. The parchment paper keeps cookies from sticking and will help them come off in one piece.




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