Thursday, May 23, 2013

Orange Pecan Icebox Cookies

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From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I have a special fondness for icebox cookies. I don't think they are the best of kind in the world of sweet treats, but as family size shrinks, they make it possible for a family of two to enjoy cookies as fresh as those enjoyed families of four or six or eight. They are also usually easy to prepare, and those of you who know me, know I never argue with easy. That being said, I suspect these fall into the realm of adult cookies. I can tell you that they did not impress my grandbabies who politely ate the three they were given, but despite their availability,  never ask for more. That rarely happens. Fortunately, my older cookie monsters loved them and that is why I'm passing these orange-flavored gems  on to you.  The recipe is easy, straightforward and feeds an army should you chose to make the cookies in a single  marathon baking session. However, if you freeze the dough, you can slice and bake the exact number of cookies you need for any occasion.  If you enjoy layered citrus flavor, I know you will enjoy these cookies. Here's how they are made.

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Orange Pecan Icebox Cookies...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Taste of Home Baking cookbook

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup finely chopped pecans

1) In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in  egg, orange juice, orange peel and extracts. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans. Shape dough into four 5-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until firm.
2) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unwrap rolls and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 6 dozen.

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Ginny Hartzler said...

You never her much about these anymore. But would you believe I have never had one?

Suresh Urs said...

The ice box cookie is of nice and fantastic thanks. Clickfoodsnearme

My Little Space said...

Good day Mary! These cookies look wonderful. Love the appearance. Bet it's perfect for the weekend walk. :o) Have a lovely day.
Blessings, Kristy

Alicia Foodycat said...

They sound good to me!

cara ridlehuber said...

they sound so good! Thanks for sharing.

Kim said...

I'm not quite familiar with the icebox term, but I'm pretty sure these cookies would please us!

Red Nomad OZ said...

Sounds sensational! BUT ... how do you know in advance how many you'll want to eat?!?!?!?!

Unknown said...

lol, yes, I can see where kids might not find these as exciting as something with chocolate, but that just means more for us!! Love the flavor combination.

Manju @ Manjus Eating Delights said...

Goodness, that looks so gorgeous Mary. And I love the new look of your site :)


David said...

Mary, These orange pecan icebox cookies sound great. We keep cookies in the refrigerator most of the time. That way we can eat one or two at a time and they won't go stale. Some need a short burst in the microwave to revitalize them but others do well right out of the icebox. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Melynda@Scratch Made Food! said...

These would be lovely, but you know the best part? The old ways keep coming back for new cooks to learn about. I really like that part. Thanks!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I woud also say these are a gem Mary.

Eileen said...

They look delicious to me. :)

Cindy said...

Cooking for two can be a challenge. Love the icebox cookie idea. And I am a grownup so I am sure i will love them. I do love orange anything!

Priya Suresh said...

Scrumptious cookies,love to have anytime.

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