I always thought citrus was fine as a flavor, but why choose it if chocolate is available? But, I have really grown to love it, especially lemon and lime. But, I just realized that I have never baked anything with orange before. So, when I was flipping through Everyday Food, I was intrigued by this recipe for glazed citrus doodles. I love Martha, she never lets me down, so I thought I would give them a try. The cookie is a simple snickerdoodle base, but minus the cream of tartar. Then you add orange and lemon zest, which together give the cookie its super refreshing citrus flavor. And oh my gosh, I am so in love with the smell of zesting citrus fruit! Although the cookies are delicious as is, they are made even more delicious with the addition of an orange-lemon glaze. These citrus doodles are the perfect cookies to finally welcome in the warm weather. So, come on, and get yourself a plate, a tall cold drink and enjoy it. Here in Chicago, you can never know how long it will last…
Glazed Citrus Doodles
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp fine salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp grated orange zest, plus 3 Tbsp juice (2 oranges)
4 tsp lemon zest, plus 3 Tbsp juice (from 2 lemons)
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Preheat oven 350F, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter, granulated sugar, 1 Tbsp orange zest, and 2 tsp lemon zest on medium high until pale and fluffy, 3 minutes. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add flour mixture; beat to combine.
Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart, on parchment lined baking sheets.
Bake until the edges are lightly golden, 12 to 15 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to racks and let cool completely.
Whisk together 1 Tbsp orange zest, 2 tsp lemon zest, citrus juices, and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. You may need to add more confectioners’ sugar to get it to the consistency you want.
With a small spoon, spread glaze over each cookie. Let set 1 hour. (Store in airtight containers, up to 3 days.)
Source: Everyday Food