I realize it’s a bit early to start talking about Christmas baking. But, I can’t help myself.
I love the holiday season. I’ve been pinning recipes and decorations on Pinterest and humming Christmas carols on my way to work. And yesterday, while flipping through the channels, I noticed a show called the “Holiday Baking Championship” on the Food Network. So, naturally, I stopped changing channels to watch the contestants present their holiday cookies.
A home cook named Nayley LaRochelle presented an orange and rosemary cookie that the judges were raving about. And, lucky me, Food Network had indeed posted such recipe online.
This cookie is phenomenal and fairly easy to make. They are light and buttery, and the rosemary and orange flavors both come through. Plus, the only thing I didn’t happen to already have in my kitchen for it were the oranges.
These cookies just made me happy. Even Gray, who is not a big sweets person, sneaked an extra one while they were cooling.
From Food Network:
Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 small sprig fresh rosemary, finely chopped, 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 large egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 orange, finely zested with juice reserved, 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Directions: Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and rosemary in a medium-sized bowl. In larger bowl, cream butter and sugar together with a hand mixer until it is light and fluffy (about 4-6 minutes). Add the egg, vanilla and orange zest.
Add the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture and thoroughly combine. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
Preheat oven to 350 and line baking sheets with parchment paper. (I forgot the parchment paper and just sprayed the sheets with PAM.) Roll the dough into one inch balls and bake until golden, about 15 minutes.
While the dough is baking, combine the leftover juice from the orange with the confectioners’ sugar.
Remove cookies from the oven and let cool on baking sheet for about five minutes. Then, spoon the glaze over them.
Eat and be happy. :)