As the Christmas season approaches, I get antsy. Till the 25th, you’re going to find more updates: every day. Be sure to check the poems page, because I’ll probably upload a few new ones.
Oh, and it’s Friday already???
Yeah, cookies. During Christmas, cookies are an essential. Sugar cookies are popular, but my family has a tradition: Chocolate Orange Dreams. I don’t recommend this recipe for beginners, although if you have adequate help, these are the most delicious cookies.
Chocolate Orange Dreams
1 cup of butter (unsalted)
1 cup granulated sugar (that’s regular sugar)
1-3 oz. package cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
2 teaspoons fresh strained orange juice, or pulp-free orange juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup (6 oz package) semi-sweet chocolate chips
What to Do:
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Grease baking sheet with either non-stick spray, or butter and flour (smooth butter over pan, then sprinkle on flour. Tap out excess)
2. Combine butter, sugar, and cream cheese in a large mixing bowel. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Beat in eggs (wash hands well after handling raw poultry!), orange peel, orange juice, and salt. Add flour gradually at a low speed. Mix until well blended. Add chocolate chips.
3. Use a teaspoon to scoop out a blob of dough. Shape into a ball, and drop two inches apart on the greased baking sheet. Bake in hot oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until light brown around edges.
4. While the cookies are baking, combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons strained or pulp free orange juice, and 1 1/2 teaspoons orange-flavored liquer in a small-ish bowel until there are no more sugar lumps.
5. When cookies are done, place on stove to cool, then transfer to a wire rack. Put wax or parchment paper beneath the rack, then gently brush glaze over cookies. Let the set, then eat with milk or orange juice.
Yum. You’ll find that these can’t last a week, and there will be none to take home at the end of a party. If you want, make them each year. They can be frozen, so start around Thanksgiving (or mid November) and make thirty batches.
See you tomorrow,, and Merry Christmas!