Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday's Must Have - Orange Slice Cookies

This Christmas, I was invited to my first Christmas Cookie
I knew my mom attended many cookie swaps over the years so I went to her for help.

She pointed me in the direction of this recipe for Orange Slice Cookies which I instantly remembered eating as a kid.

They are yummy!

I was kind of wary about the wide variety of ingredients that go into these cookies. 
Worried that they wouldn't be a crowd please.

I shouldn't have been worried at all because they were delicious and so easy!

Cam even ate some and he is SOOOO picky.

Here's what you need:

2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 package orange slice candies, 13 oz.
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup pecans, chopped
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup shredded coconut

1. Preheat your oven to 350. 

2. I popped the butter into the microwave for 30 secs to soften it. Then I added the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar to my mixing bowl. Beat until combined. 

3. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix until combined.

4. In another bowl, mix together the 2 cups flour, salt, and baking powder. Add it to the butter mixture and beat until combined.

5. Cut up the orange slices. Cut each slice into five pieces. They look big but don't worry. Toss the cut orange slices in 2 tablespoons of flour. This will prevent them from sticking together.

6. Add the orange slices, pecans, and coconut to the mixture. Although the mixture is VERY thick, I still used my mixer to combine the ingredients throughout this entire recipe. You could always use your hands or a wooden spoon. 

7. I used my hands to scoop the dough into small balls onto a silpat on my cookie sheet.
I baked them for exactly 13 minutes on 350. 
Once you see that they edges are browning, TAKE THEM OUT.
I let them cook slightly on the cookie sheet but then moved them to cooling racks.

While transferring the cookies to a cooling rack, you will notice that the inside is still really soft. 

Don't worry they WILL harden up.

They are NOT GOOD when cooked too crunchy. You want these cookies to soft and chewy.

They are SO good!

Thanks Mom! 

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