Butter orange cookies

So it was my friend who got me a pack of 101 cookies cutters from US…I had just mentioned for a few cookie cutters and what I got is one whole bucketful,which I think will be best used during a house party esp kiddie party..101 cookie cutters of varied shapes and sizes.

Its was christmas, so my cookies got underway immediately with her kid’s excitement of shaping the cookies on priority.

Honestly I have never made cookies earlier, I mean never felt the need to..Why labour when u get such excellent cookies out in the stores?But this time it was the pure excitement of making them at home like mom did when i was a child.Those times I dont think great cookie cutters were available in India and i still remember maa inventing shapes by using candy boxes , candies that would come in boxes of varied shapes and sizes, they still come in beautiful plastic packs, birds, teddy bears, elephants , doggies etc..My favourite was the parrot shaped cookie which got its shape from one of my candy box ,shaped like  a parrot. Mom would peek and look for ways to make shapes then. That’s the sign of a prolific baker I guess, inventing new ways and tastes.
Nevertheless cut to 2015, with hoards of stuff available today, its easy to bake and cook today.

So with kids around its super fun to make them, fun to see their excitement of shaping a cookie.Fun:’s not so much is of eating as of shaping, not to mention that fact that they do get bored after eating the first two cookies, which meant all the effort of making them goes waste..

Anyways, whatever it may be, my cookies turned out excellent and i was taken by surprise actually.That homemade cookies were actually  better then the market bought ones.

Ingredients”

All purpose flour- 2 1/2 cups
sugar- 1 cup
Butter- 1 cup
Egg-1
baking powder- 1 tsp
orange juice- 2 tbsp
vanila extract- 1 tbsp

Method:

  • Combine sugar ,egg and butter and mix until creamy
  • Add vanilla extract and orange juice
  • Add flour and baking powder and make a dough
  • Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours although i hardly put it in the fridge
  • Remove from the fridge, make small balls and roll out on a flat surface.
  • Cut with the help of cookie cutters with a 1/4 or 1/2 inch thickness
  • Grease a baking pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown on the edges in 200 degree celcius.You can  flip them after 8 minutes on to the other side for the edges to brown as well
  • You can add frosting of powdered sugar if you wish and decorate
Buttery, soft and yet crisp, they are filled with an intoxicating aroma, irrestibale and ready to be relished. Freshly baked cookies have a different taste and they are absolutely better then the market bought ones. Not too hard not too soft and crispy golden by the edges, the orange juice does wonders to the cookies.I always believe that orange juice creates magic in a butter cake or butter cookies..Its just so perfect with the eggs and butter.Not only kids, these are guranteed favorites with anybody without fail. An absolute wonder of a surprise these cookies throw with the way they are formed. You will be left with lavish praises for sure.

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