Italian-Style Blood Orange Cookies
3 cups unbleached organic flour
2 cups granulated cane sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 finely grated orange peel
1 cup BLOOD ORANGE OLIVE OIL*
2 large, room temperature eggs, whisked
2 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
Powdered sugar for garnish
A pastry bag fitted with a star shaped tip
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, olive oil, orange juice and eggs. Beat on medium speed until thick and creamy, about 3 minutes.
In a separate bowl whisk together the flour and remaining dry ingredients.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in three additions beating in between additions until no dry spots remain.
Pipe the cookie dough using a pastry bag fitted with a star shaped pastry, portioning approximately two teaspoons of dough per cookie, onto a parchment lined cookie sheet pan. Alternatively, use two spoons to drop batter onto the cookie sheet. Bake in the center of the oven for 10 minutes.
Increase the heat to 425 F and bake for an additional 2 minutes to create a golden brown exterior. Remove the cookies to a rack to cool. Repeat with the remainder of the dough. When fully cooled, dust with powdered sugar. Yields about 4 dozen.
*Available at The Vintage Olive*