Orange-glazed shortbread cookies

Prep 10 min
Total 20 min
Makes 34

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Ingredients

3 cups
all-purpose flour
1 tbsp
1/2 tsp
1 1/2 cups
unsalted butter, at room temperature

GLAZE

1 cup
2 tbsp

Instructions

  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Position racks in top and bottom thirds of oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  • STIR flour with orange zest and salt in a medium bowl.
  • BEAT butter with sugar in a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, until smooth, 1 min. Gradually stir in half of flour mixture, until just combined. Add remaining flour mixture, kneading with your hands, until dough forms a ball.
  • ROLL out on a floured counter until 1/4 in. thick. Cut out cookies with various shapes of cookie cutters. Arrange on prepared sheets, 2 in. apart. Cookies will spread as they bake.
  • BAKE in top and bottom thirds of oven, switching sheets halfway through, until edges are just golden, 12 to 15 min. Leave on sheet for 5 min, then transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.
  • WHISK icing sugar with orange juice in a medium bowl until smooth. Using a spoon, drizzle glaze over cooled cookies. Let stand until glaze is firm. Cookies will keep well in an airtight container up to 1 week, or freeze up to 1 month.
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Issue: December 2014

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Photo credit: Orange-glazed shortbread cookie. (Photo, Sian Richards.)

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