Orange Butter Cookies

Moving to a new city has been a labor of maintaining my lifestyle by developing new routines. Finding a coffee shop was one of those feats. Of course there was the less than original Starbucks around the corner, but I was looking for a cozy café. Bwé quickly became that place for me. I love spending my Sunday mornings there with a good book (or blog) and a hot latte. Beside the fact that their La Colombe coffee is amazing, they also stock incredible baked goods. I'm obsessed with their orange butter cookies, so I decided that I should make them myself. The ingredients don't differ much from sugar cookies, but the difference in taste is astounding. I can still hear the praises of my coworkers for these delicious little treats.

Orange Butter Cookies
Yield: 4 dozen cookies

3 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, plus 1 tbsp for sprinkling
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 orange, zest and juice (divided)
1 egg, plus 2 eggs yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup confectioner's sugar

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and kosher salt. Whisk them together until they're well mixed.

In a stand mixer, combine the granulated sugar and butter. Mix them on medium speed for 3-5 minutes or until they're light and fluffy. Next, add the orange zest, 1 tablespoon of orange juice, the eggs, and the vanilla. Beat them together for another minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low speed, until they're just combined.

Place cookie dough onto the baking sheet in tablespoon sized balls. Gently press the dough down with your index and middle fingers. Sprinkle each with a little bit of granulated sugar. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes, or until they're light gold on the bottom. Continue to cook the cookies in batches of 12, or freeze the dough for up to a month.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon of orange juice with the confectioner's sugar. When the cookies are cooled, dip one end into the orange glaze and allow it to harden before serving. 


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