Blood Orange Shortbread Cookies. I love the beautiful color of blood oranges, don’t you?? It’s always kind of exciting when they come in season. I will use them in a variety of dishes, but these Blood Orange Shortbread Cookies felt right this morning when I woke up.
These are made like any other traditional shortbread cookie. Start by creaming the butter and sugar. Make sure it is mixed well and light and fluffy. Next add in your egg yolk (for richness), orange juice (flavor), orange zest (flavor x10), and vanilla.
This is a partial wheat recipe. I used 50% whole wheat for a healthier bake. The flour I used was soft winter wheat, this is my favorite for cookies. I have been buying my wheat kernels from Farm Fresh Wheat, a great generational farm out of Washington. Also, I ground the wheat in my Nutrimill, which is my right-hand appliance in the kitchen. I use it ALL THE TIME. Now, blend your wet and dry ingredients, but only mix to combine.
If you overmix your cookie dough, it will wind up being tough. That is not what we want in a cookie, be mindful to only mix enough to combine.
You actually have 2 options at this point. These cookies can be baked right away, or you can chill the dough. I prefer to chill the dough. I love slicing cookies too, so when I was preparing it for chilling, I rolled it into a log and wrapped it in saran wrap. The dough is soft at this point though, so be careful when rolling.
Once the dough has chilled, at least 1 hour, it is time to bake! If you formed your dough into a log, it is time to slice. I wanted a little thinner, more delicate cookie, so I cut my slices about 1/4 inch thick. They are a little misshapen after cutting, so I always round them out just a bit. Next, on to your parchment-lined baking sheet and into the oven. Bake until they are VERY lightly golden brown, and only just around the edges.
You don’t have to use the blood orange cream cheese icing, but let me just say, it is really good! I dipped half the cookie in the icing, then sprinkle them with chopped walnuts. The other half of the cookies I drizzled with the icing. I should have included a photo of those but didn’t take one. You will just have to imagine what they look like :).
Look at these lovely little beauties. The good thing about them is they are so light. They aren’t the kind of cookie that will weigh you down! The bad thing about them is they are so light. It makes you feel like you can eat a lot of cookies!
If blood oranges are you thing, let me give you a few more recipes to try.