I had a crazy adventure with this sugar cookie recipe with orange zest. I made it a few times trying different ratios and ingredients. Finally, I settled on a great blend that produced a unique and tasty cookie.
What I Loved
These cookies are absolutely amazing. To illustrate, this was a simple sugar cookie recipe with orange zest that really popped. The cinnamon added warmth and the vanilla provided depth. In addition, the orange zest really tied it all together nice and neat. I could end my article here and die happy. However, I also feel the need to share how I made the final product.
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup sugar
- a large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- zest of half an orange
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/4cup flour
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream butter and sugar together. Add orange zest, vanilla, and egg. Beat well. Add cinnamon and flour and combine into a soft dough. Roll cookies out and cut using a circle cutter. Once cut, roll to paper thin. Finally, bake at 400 degrees for 6-7 minutes.
Original Sugar Cookie Recipe With Orange Zest From 1881
One teacup each of butter and sugar creamed together, one grated orange, four eggs, one tablespoonful of cinnamon. Add three pints of flour and make up stiff. Then roll out on a board and cut them out about the size of a biscuit and roll again till thin as paper, and bake in a quick oven. Watch close while baking. You can roll them round on a fork handle while they are warm, if you like.
What I Learned
First, this recipe was fairly lousy as written. I had to dramatically cut the flour down. Furthermore, adding vanilla was a great touch that added depth to the overall flavor.
When I read the original recipe, I got hung up on rolling the cookie around a fork handle while warm. In addition, this made me immediately think that this recipe would be good for ice cream cones. I spent a lot of time baking and working this recipe. I tried hard to form them into a cone shape. However, the cookie was simply too stiff to form a cone.
However, I imagined how amazing these would be if I formed them into a muffin tin and made little bowls out of them. The flavor is complex and I feel it would compliment a number of ice creams really well. This can be a delicious sweet wafer, or it can be an ice cream cone/bowl for a tasty dessert. This sugar cookie recipe with orange zest was a real winner. Let me put it this way, there were no leftovers. Enjoy!
Reference For Sugar Cookie Recipe With Orange
What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, 1881