Sugar Crusted Meltaway Cookies

Valerie Johnson Recipe

By Valerie Johnson ValerieJ

This is my favorite holiday/special occasion cookie and it is DELISH! Everyone with whom I've shared these cookies loves them.

My personal variation to this recipe is to add 1 tablespoon of orange liqueur or triple sec to the orange juice. I also use mini-chocolate chips.

This recipe comes from the Pillsbury Bake-off Cookbook (1984), 31st Bake-Off contest.

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about 3 dozen cookies
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1 Tbsp
grated orange peel
1/4 c
orange juice
1/4 c
granulated sugar
1/8 tsp
3/4 c
butter, softened (or margarine)
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1 Tbsp
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 3/4 c
all purpose flour
6 oz pkg
semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c
finely chopped nuts
granulated sugar (for rolling cookies)
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Directions Step-By-Step

Heat oven to 325 degrees
In small bowl combine orange peel and orange juice; set aside.
In large bowl cream 1/4 cup sugar, salt, butter, water and vanilla.
Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Stir in flour, chocolate chips and nuts; mix well.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until firm to touch. Remove from cookie sheets; cool completely.
Strain orange juice mixture. Dip cookies in orange juice; roll in sugar. Allow to dry to form sugar shell.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
  • Comments

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    Wendy Rusch snooksk9 - Dec 20, 2010
    mmmmmmm yummy Valerie! thanks for sharing!
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    Valerie Johnson ValerieJ - Dec 21, 2010
    Thanks Wendy, I'm making these today and should post a picture soon.
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    Wendy Rusch snooksk9 - Dec 21, 2010
    I was thinking of making these today as orange peel but got OJ concentrate...that should do the trick I think to get that orangey taste...use that instead of we'll see!

    Happy Day Valerie!
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    Valerie Johnson ValerieJ - Dec 21, 2010
    Wendy, just orange juice will work fine. The orange peel just enhances the orange flavor.
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    FREDA GABLE cookin4me - Dec 23, 2010
    Valarie, These sound Wonderful. . . . I might just have all the Ingredients, already or Close to it. ThanK you, Sounds heavenly, I'm thinking about using the "Orange Flavoring" in place of the Vanilla, hummmm . . decisions???