Orange Dreams

Orange Dreams

Orange Dreams


Makes about 2 dozen sandwich cookies


2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2-1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
1 egg
4 tablespoons orange juice, divided
1-1/2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel, divided
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon orange extract
Red and yellow food coloring (optional)
1 container (16 ounces) vanilla frosting


  1. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in small bowl; set aside. Beat butter and 1 cup powdered sugar in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed 1 minute or until creamy. Add egg, 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1-1/2 tablespoons orange peel, vanilla, lemon juice and orange extract; beat until well blended. Gradually stir in flour mixture; mix well.
  2. Shape dough into 2 logs about 2 inches in diameter on lightly floured work surface. Wrap each log tightly in waxed paper; refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheets. Cut logs into 1/4-inch-thick slices; place 1 inch apart on prepared sheets. Bake 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cookies cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely.
  4. Combine remaining 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons orange juice and 1 teaspoon orange peel in medium bowl; beat until blended. Add additional orange juice, if necessary, for desired consistency. If desired, add a few drops of red and yellow food coloring; mix until desired orange color. Glaze tops of cookies; let stand 1 hour or until glaze is set. Frost half of cookie bottoms with vanilla frosting; place second cookie on frosting to make sandwich cookie. Store loosely covered in single layer for up to 1 week or in freezer for 1 month.

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