Oh, this time of year! Spring is here but she's mostly hiding behind bursts of icy bone-chilling rain that sets one up for immediate wardrobe failure. Sundress & cardigan? Boots & raincoat? Sundress....and boots...and....mittens? Hmph.
Wardrobe confusion isn't the only thing that I find myself mixing up; cooking & baking at this time of year is confusing too! Fresh spring greens lightly dressed would be nice but after that drenching rain shower a warming bowl of chicken and dumplings would be even better. Baking is just as perplexing....or it was until I decided to combine cold weather (spice) and warm weather (citrus) to satisfy both sides of the baking spectrum. I'll admit, it's hardly a novel concept but on this dreary day, let's just pretend it's as fresh and as new as the blasted daffodils springing up everywhere.
Citrus Spice Cookies--A burst of bright orange citrus that melts around a soft spicy center.
Cinnamon & cloves are two of my favorite winter spices.
Citrus Spice Cookies
1/2 cup soft butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp of baking soda dissolved in 5 tbsp of water
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
2 cups of flour
1.5 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp grated orange zest
Orange juice--enough to make desired drizzling consistency
1. Preheat the oven to 375. In a small bowl, combine the flour and the spices. You may wish to use less spice if you like only the barest hint of Winter.
2. Cream together the butter and the sugar. Beat in the vanilla and the water mixture. Slowly stir in the flour mixture.
3. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Press each ball down to flatten slightly. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until they are firm to the touch. Be careful not to over bake. Cool completely on a wire rack.
4. For the glaze: Mix the powdered sugar with the zest and stir in enough orange juice to reach your desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle the glaze off the back of a spoon over the cookies, using as much needed to bring a bit of sunshine and warmth to your day. Let the glaze dry completely. Can be stored up to a week in an airtight container.