Orange Sugar 'n Spice Cookie Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (plus some for rolling the cookies in later)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons grated orange peel (zest)
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. In a large bowl, mix the two different types of sugar, butter, shortening, and eggs. Blend them at medium speed until they are fluffy and light.
  2. In a separate bowl, blend together all of the remaining ingredients.
  3. Add the flour mixture into the butter mixture, and blend it at a low speed until it forms into a soft dough.
  4. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for 1 - 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. (Directions for after the chilling)
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  7. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls.
  8. Roll the shaped balls in a bowl with granulated sugar in it.
  9. Place the cookie balls approximately two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. (I have only ever made these on my DeMarle Silpat baking mats.)
  10. Flatten the dough balls with the bottom of a drinking glass. Just gently flatten them. You don't want them totally flatten thin, just flattened until they are level with rounded edges.
  11. Sometimes, if they start to stick to the glass, I press the bottom of the glass into the bowl with sugar in it. That seems to help.
  12. Bake for 11 - 13 minutes, or until the edges start to get a light golden brown. Sometimes, I even pull them out a little before that point.
  13. Let them cool for a minute or two before transferring them to a cooling rack. Then, cool them completely before storing.
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