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orange spice sugar cookies

★★★★☆ 4
a recipe by
Nor Mac
The Berkshire’s, MA

Christmas is the time of year to make flavorful butter cookies.We roll them. We cut shapes from them. We decorate them. I decided to add the flavors of the season to this cookie.It is a sweet and zesty spice butter cookie.These were a big hit with my friends and neighbors. Merry Christmas!

★★★★☆ 4
serves 24
prep time 15 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For orange spice sugar cookies

  • 1 c
    softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 c
  • 2 c
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    cloves ground
  • 1/2 tsp
    ginger ground
  • 1
    egg yolk
  • 1
    zest of one medium orange
  • 1 Tbsp
    amaretto almond liquor, or other almond liquor
  • 1 Tbsp
    Baileys Irish cream (you can use 2 teaspoons of vanilla in place of liquors)
  • sliced almonds for garnish
  • 1 c
    colored vanilla candy melts,or white chocolate chips.
  • 1/2 tsp
    Baileys Irish cream ( can be omitted if desired)
  • 1/2 tsp
    amaretto or almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp
    orange zest

How To Make orange spice sugar cookies

  • 1
    Beat the butter, sugar salt, Baileys Irish cream, and Amaretto together until smooth. (You can replace the Liquors with 2 teaspoons of vanilla if desired. Making the cookies kid friendly.)
  • 2
    Mix in the egg yolk until combined well. Add the flour, orange zest, Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. mix to combine.
  • 3
    Add the flour,and beat until all ingredients are incorporated ,and a big ball forms. You can continue on ,and make the cookie dough my way,or you can simply roll dough out on a floured surface ,and cut shapes out to bake.
  • 4
    take ball of cookie dough,and divide in half. Make 2 circular logs from cookie dough. 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap,and refrigerate until stiff enough to slice.
  • 5
    Slice dough in to 1/8 inch wide slices,and bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 325 degree's for 10 minutes,or until edges turn light golden brown.
  • 6
    make white chocolate icing. Mix 1 cup of any color candy melts with 1/2 teaspoon of Amaretto,and 1/2 tsp Baileys Irish cream., or vanilla Add 1 tsp of shortening and microwave for 1 min. Stop microwave and stir every 30 seconds. Remove and stir again. Make sure the chocolate is melted. Add 1/2 teaspoon orange zest stir well. If you need a more liquid consistency. Just add a dash of milk.
  • 7
    Decorate cookies with icing. Put a small Dollop of icing on top of cookie. Place the almond slices on the icing. You may also frosty entire top with icing instead of adding almonds if desired.