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Orange Butter Cookies…Sandwich Style

orange sandwich cookiesDo you think a cookie can be “refreshing”? I never thought so…until one bite of these little do-dads told me otherwise. They’re not only flavorful, there is a refreshing burst of bright orange flavor. The flavor lingers. Not in a bad, eww kind of way. But in a “more please” kind of way. The proof is in the mysterious disappearing cookie drama unfolding in our home. Poof…a dozen gone. Sha-bang…6 more disappear. These were going to go with Glenn to the office. Sorry guys…maybe next time. ๐Ÿ˜› I am bringing the remaining cookies to this week’s Fiesta Friday [shh…don’t tell Glenn]. I’m heading over to the Novice Gardener’s now to see what’s happening.

orange sandwich cookiesIf you haven’t made it to a Fiesta Friday yet…this should be your week! We always have a great time munching and mingling. Hard to believe this is already week #14. So take a few minutes and stop on by. This week’s party is being co-hosted by Saucy of SaucyGander and Johnny ofย Kitschnflavoursย andย Flours n Dainty Buns.

orange sandwich cookiesIn typically Nancy fashion, I over baked the last batch. Not slightly browned…but very brown. Oops! I don’t know why I continue to get distracted with the last tray. Maybe I should learn my lesson and use a timer! A tough lesson to learn with these little sweets, as 20 cookies went in the garbage. If you don’t burn any, the recipe yields 3 dozen sandwiches.

orange sandwich cookiesWhile making and baking the cookie portion of these sandwiches, I had a knock-knock joke stuck in my head. A stupid, childhood memory of a knock-knock joke. If you don’t mind, humor me…while I, ahem, humor you….

Me: Knock-knock.ย  You: Who’s there?ย  Me: Banana.ย  You: Banana who?ย  Me: Banana, banana.

Me: Knock-knock.ย  You: Who’s there?ย  Me: Banana.ย  You: Banana who?ย  Me: Banana, banana.

Me: Knock-knock.ย  You: WHO’S THERE?ย  Me: Orange.ย  You: ??? Orange who?ย  Me: Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?

…. Yes, cheezy I know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

nancy

orange sandwich cookies

Orange Sandwich Cookies

  • Servings: 36
  • Time: 2hr 15mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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orange sandwich cookies
Ingredients:
16 Tablespoons [2 sticks] unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon finely grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour [spooned and leveled], plus more for rolling
Creamy Orange Filling

Directions:
In a large bowl using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter, powdered sugar, orange zest, and salt until combined. With mixer on low, gradually add flour [dough will be stiff]; finish mixing with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.

Turn dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap, pat into a disk about 1/2 inch thick. Wrap, and chill until firm, about 1 hour [or up to 3 days].

Preheat oven to 350ยบF. Unwrap dough; place on a lightly floured surface. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough about 1/8 inch thick [if dough cracks, let it warm up slightly].

Cut out cookies with a 1ยฝ-inch round cutter [re-roll scraps once, chilling if too soft]. Place 1 inch apart on baking sheets. Bake until barely beginning to brown, 15 to 20 minutes; transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Form the sandwiches: Place about 1 teaspoon Creamy Orange Filling between two completely cooled cookies; squeeze gently.

Creamy Orange Filling:

Ingredients:
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 Tablespoon finely grated orange zest
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
1ยฝ-2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:
In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, orange zest and orange juice until smooth. Gradually add 1 cup powdered sugar, mixing until smooth. Mix in remaining sugar as necessary to create a firm but spreadable filling.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

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93 comments

  1. I have to admit, that normally I’d turn my nose up at fruit flavored cookies..I’m more of a cocoa kind of girl… kind of like Cocoa Pebbles vs Fruity Pebbles… the cocoa always wins!! . But, my friend, you have me wanting to try these big time! They look so delicious…they sound so delicious… I have a feeling that my daughter Jess would love them too. Printing this recipe as I’m typing too!! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    • I’m so with you on the chocolate thing! This was my attempt to break out of my chocolate love affair…and it worked…if only for a few days…until a delicious chocolate donut jumped into my cart while shopping. ๐Ÿ˜‰ They are a yummy change of pace though!

  2. These sound very much like sablรฉ. Hmm, shortbread! Actually, when I was writing my post I’d completely forgotten about one of my favourite biscuits – plain ol’ shortbread. Haven’t had any in years. Oh, apart from when I made sablรฉ last summer. Ahem, forgot about those. Isn’t it funny how things like this disappear?!

    I never, ever bake without setting the timer. And even then sometimes I don’t hear it. Most times, yes. Daren’t bake without using it. I use it even to boil water, as I don’t bother to use my kettle – for one it’s not worth the hassle as I usually drink coffee.

    And I needed to hear your knock-knock with a Brooklyn accent, for some reason. Huh, why’s Brooklyn underlined in red?!

    • Old favorites seem to be replaced with new favorites somehow through the years. Isn’t it funny how one simple post can trigger memories of past loves? As in food of course!

      Let’s say lesson learned with the timer…at least for now. I did use it today for baking muffins. And guess what? They didn’t burn! Amazing invention that timer!

      Brooklyn accent, lol, maybe it would make it funnier! One of these days I’ll do a post using all of WordPress “corrections”. It amazes me the words it doesn’t recognize.

      Wonderful having you and Saucy on hosting duties this week at FF. Such fun you both inspire!

  3. I love most any type of cookies! These definitely look like the “I can’t eat just one type of cookies” and I want one now! ๐Ÿ™‚ Excuse me, I can’t talk because my mouth is full ๐Ÿ˜‰

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