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25 Days of Cookies: Orange zest gives these delicate cookies tremendous flavor

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The next cookie recipe is a personal favorite and one I have been making for years. Revisiting that classic combination of chocolate and orange, these sprtiz-like butter cookies are light, crisp and bursting with fantastic orange flavor.

If you don’t have a cookie press, you can use a pastry bag fitted with a star tip.

Chocolate Orange Batons
Makes about 5-6 dozen cookies

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter or butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • Melted chocolate
  • Toasted and chopped pecans

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease.

In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, egg, and orange extract and vanilla and orange zest until smooth. Add flour mixture; beat on low speed just until combined.

Using a cookie press fitted with a star disk or ribbon disk, force unchilled dough into 2-1/2-inch sticks or ribbons 1/2 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm, but not brown. Transfer to a wire rack; cool.

In a small saucepan, melt chocolate and shortening together. Place nuts in a small, shallow bowl. Dip one end of each cookie into chocolate and then toasted nuts. Place on waxed paper to set.

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