These cookies, with their subtle citrus flavor, are a fun way to welcome Spring! OR say goodbye to summer :( You can change the zest and juice to make either orange or lemon slices ... Hmm.. I wonder if lime would be any good? From the Great American Home Baking Cookie Collection--** Plan ahead! Dough needs to chill for at least an hour!
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer , beat together 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar and the butter until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs , mix well.
- Stir in orange zest and orange juice. Blend well.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt;mix well.
- Stir flour mixture into butter mixture until a dough forms.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and pop in the fridge for an hour , or up to overnight.
- Preheat oven to 400*.Lightly grease 2 large baking sheets.
- Place remaining sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll dough into 1" balls and roll them in sugar. Place approximately 1" apart on cookie sheets. Flatten balls with bottom of a glass.
- Bake cookies until edges just begin to brown, about 7 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks, cooling completely.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine confectioners sugar and lemon juice. Place icing in a pastry bag fitted with a writing tip. Pipe orange slice pattern and seeds onto cookies. Let dry.
- Pipe icing around edges of cookies. Roll edges in orange decorating sugar. Let dry completely.
- I also would like to say I totally cheated on the ones in the photo as far as icing goes! I bought the icing in a decorating can. I do NOT recommend this. The pressurized can makes it impossible to get a straight line. I ended up squirting all the frosting into my pastry bag. LOL.