Monday, December 12, 2022

Soft citrus sugar cookies


A very soft sugar cookie, no rolling! 


Preheat oven to 350 (convection)

Mix together:

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • zest of one lemon, one grapefruit, one orange


Cream sugar mixture with:

  •  2 sticks butter, room temp
  • 3/4 cup canola oil (yes really!)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

 With mixer whipping, sprinkle in: 

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


When that is WELL CREAMED (light color), add:

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 T vanilla
  • dash of orange oil and/or bergamot oil, if you have it
  • 3 large eggs
Mix very well, then add one cup at a time: 
  • 5 3/4 cups flour

This is a VERY wet fluffy dough.   Drop using a 2 T scoop onto parchment on a baking sheet.    They don't spread much.    Spray the bottom of a small glass (or glass yogurt container) with oil, then into granulated sugar and flatten cookie.    Repeat - dip in sugar - flatten a cookie - dip in sugar - flatten cookie ... 

Bake 9-10 minutes until just before lightly browned edges to keep the cookies soft.     Allow to cool on tray.    

Add a buttercream frosting from creaming: 

2 sticks butter

5 cups powdered sugar

citrus fruit zest 

1 T sour cream

yellow or orange food coloring, if desired

orange juice to texture


Leah's Molasses Cookies


3/4 c shortening
1 c sugar
1/4 c molasses
1 egg

2 tsp baking soda
2c flour
1 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger 
1/2 tsp salt

Sift dry ingredients from soda to salt in a big bowl. Melt shortening in the stove on low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and let cool a bit, then add sugar/molasses/egg (I add the sugar first to cool down so the egg doesn’t scramble). Add wet ingredients to dry and mix in the big bowl. Chill for at least 30min, then roll into 1” balls and roll in sugar. Place 2” apart on a well greased** cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 8-10min.