Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Well it's a marvelous night for a moondance

So awhile back my old roommates and I had a Champagne and Cupcakes party at our apartment. I made these great Neapolitan cupcakes from How to Eat a Cupcake. So tonight I thought, if you can do half and half cupcakes, why can't you do half and half cookies. Well, it didn't work out so great for me.

I decided to try making chocolate orange sugar cookies, using a sugar cookie recipe and substituting in orange flavoring in one half and cocoa powder in the other. Well both halves came out pretty good on their own, but the orange half kind of over took the chocolate half so Alex named them Chocolate Orange Waxing Moon Cookies. He's pretty clever.

Anyways. These were kind of a failure, but they taste good so here they are!

Chocolate Orange Waxing Moon Cookies
(makes 24 cookies)

Orange Half
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, salt, cream of tartar and baking soda.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Blend in eggs, one at a time
  4. Add vanilla, lemon juice, (lime juice,) and remaining orange zest.
  5. Add flour mixture, in 3 parts, blending well after each addition.
  6. Refrigerate dough for one hour.
Chocolate Half
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 large egg
  • 1 cups and 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup and 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, salt, and baking powder.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Blend in egg and vanilla
  4. Add flour mixture, in 3 parts, blending well after each addition.
  5. Refrigerate dough for one hour.
Chocolate Orange Waxing Moon Cookies
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread a mixture of sugar and orange zest in a shallow bowl or on a plate.
  • Using a cookie scoop or your hands, shape 1 tablespoonfuls of each dough into a ball.
  • Roll each in orange sugar.
  • Place balls of dough adjacent to each other on cookie sheet, press together lightly, and repeat.
  • Bake cookies for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.






1 comment:

  1. Todd and I agree.... these cookies are so good.... in no way a failure!!

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