Living with my Grandma motivated me at an early age to cook, bake and eat everything on my plate. Baking easily became a bond that we shared. Besides having fun in the kitchen, my Grandma was a great teacher and if anything, she always had a recipe that would cure my killer sweet tooth! Making holiday cookies became a favorite tradition of ours. Afterall, it was the only way she could stop me from eating half the dough!
Everyone in my family had their favorite. From sugar to ginger to good old-fashioned chocolate chip, every cookie was promised and delivered on time for the holiday season. No one had to worry that their favorite wouldn't be waiting for them on the famous cookie platter. Unfortunately, for the longest time I had a problem finding my favorite. I liked them all but I never loved or craved a single one. Until one day when my Grandma started having me mix my favorite flavors: chocolate and orange. We came up with a unique cookie that I can now call my favorite every holiday season.
I thank my Grandma for her patience with me in the kitchen. Without her, I'd still be eating dough! And…everyone else’s’ favorite cookie.
Makes about 6 dozen cookies.
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This recipe was RUNNER-UP in the Just A Pinch Family Holiday Traditions Recipe Contest!
What better compliment can I give than that these cookies are just as wonderful as the story behind them? Together, the orange and chocolate create a sweet melody of flavors that will have you craving more! The Test Kitchen
3/4 cbutter, softened
1 tspvanilla extract
2 call purpose flour
1 tspbaking powder
2 Tbspgrated orange peel
6 ozsemi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cbutter, softened
3 Tbsplight corn syrup
How to Make Valencia Delights
- Heat oven to 375.
- In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg; blend well.
- Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and orange peel.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten with bottom of glass dipped in sugar to 1/8 to 1/4-inch thickness.
- Bake at 375 for 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
- Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets.
- In small saucepan over low heat, combine glaze ingredients, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat.