Orange Crinkle Cookies

orange crinkle cookies recipe

This has been the Longest. Week. Ever. Everyone I’ve talked to has agreed with me on this. Do you think it’s just the days feeling longer or the fact that winter is still working its way out? Whatever it is, thank goodness this week is over. I have wine club tonight and I am excited to just relax with some girlfriends and get a little wine happy!

I mentioned earlier that my fiancé is trying to eat low carb. We have tons of fruits and veggies in the house at all times which is a good thing because I think I’ve eaten more broccoli in the past two weeks than I have in my entire 29 years on this planet. However, sometimes I just have to get a little crazy and use his fruit to make cookies. Don’t worry, I’m bringing the cookies to my wine club so I won’t ruin his life by letting them sit there, uneaten, for him to pine over (like I did with these Lemon Raspberry Bars, sorry Ben)!

Orange Crinkle Cookies Recipe:

1 Tablespoon orange zest
1 stick unsalted butter – room temperature
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs – room temperature
1 Tablespoon fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar for rolling

Pre-heat your oven to 350-degrees.

In one bowl, whisk together your flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.

In your mixing bowl, add your butter, orange zest and white sugar.

orange cookie recipe

Mix the butter, zest and sugar until it’s light yellow and fluffy.

orange cookie dough ingredients

To the butter mixture, add your eggs one at a time. Mix until incorporated and then add your vanilla extract.

Once the eggs and extract are mixed well, add your flour mixture about 1/3 at a time.

orange crinkle cookie dough ingredients

Continue adding the flour mixture and mixing until you have a thick dough.

orange cookie dough

Refrigerate your dough for 30 minutes before the next step. It’s easier to handle the cookies if they’re cold.

After 30 minutes, get a plate with about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar for rolling your cookies.

You’ll use 2 tablespoons of dough for each cookie. Since the dough is so sticky, it helps to kind of coat your hands with powdered sugar, then grab a chunk of dough and roll it lightly into a ball. Then toss it into the powdered sugar and roll it around to coat it.

orange cookie dough ball

Place each round ball on an parchment-lined cookie sheet an inch apart.

orange crinkle cookie dough

Bake for 10-12 minutes. While they’re baking, the parts not covered in powdered sugar will look a little wet. When they look “dry” they’re done baking. You don’t want them to brown and you want them to stay soft, so just keep an eye on how wet or dry they look. It works!

orange cookies

Let them cool and then eat up!

orange sugar cookies

orange crinkle cookies

Here’s to a wonderful weekend filled with wine, Netflix and dog snuggles!

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Sweet Basil Paloma

basil paloma recipe

I was watching Food Network on Sunday morning and Guy Fieri made a Pink Sombrero cocktail and I could not get my mouth to stop watering. My second liquor love behind Captain Morgan would be our good friend tequila. I just love it. I’ve gotten myself into a fair share of trouble with tequila shots (sorry to everyone who’s ever had to witness it – especially my fiancé Ben), but I just can’t stay away. I don’t drink much tequila in the winter months, but it’s been a balmy 50+ degrees here in West Virginia the past few days so here goes nothing!

Guy Fieri used a basil simple syrup and I just had to get into that. I made my own, recipe below, and I used Grapefruit La Croix because I’ve been on a total La Croix binge lately and had some in my fridge.

Spicy Basil Paloma Cocktail

3 oz. tequila
1 oz. basil simple syrup
2 oz. grapefruit juice
2 oz. Grapefruit La Croix
Ice
Juice from one lime wedge
Basil leaf garnish

Basil Simple Syrup

5 basil leaves with stems
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

In a small saucepan, add your water, sugar and basil leaves.

basil simple syrup recipe

Bring to a slow simmer and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved and you have a thicker, syrupy consistency. Pour into a container and store in the fridge until you’re ready to get your tequila on.

basil simple syrup

For the cocktail, start by salting the rim of your glass. Next, fill your glass 3/4 full with ice.

Add your tequila, simple syrup, lime juice and then top with your La Croix. Stir and enjoy!

basil paloma cocktail

basil paloma

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Lemon Raspberry Bars

lemon raspberry bars recipe

Okay winter, I tried not to complain about you too much this year. Why you felt the need to dump 8 inches of snow on Morgantown and then drop to 2-degrees is beyond me, but hey whatever. Your time is almost up. It’s March, y’all! Bring on the Spring!

To get us all in the mood, I decided it was time to re-introduce bright, summery lemon to Mac + Molly. What says Spring more than an gooey lemon treat? Oh yeah, one that also includes raspberry! I am definitely a chocolate girl, but you know what? These little lemon raspberry bars are exactly what I need to start picturing a world without snow.

Lemon Raspberry Bars Recipe:

1/2 cup butter (1 stick) – room temperature
3/4 cup white sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon extract
2 eggs
3/4 cup flower + 1 Tablespoon
3/4 cup raspberries
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Preheat your oven to 350-degrees and grease an 8×8 baking dish, set aside.

In a mixing bowl, add your softened butter and sugar.

sugar and butter

Cream together until it’s light and fluffy.

fluffy butter

Add your eggs, one at a time. Mix until they’re completely combined.

lemon bar ingredients

Add in your lemon juice and extract.

lemon bar batter

Sprinkle in 3/4 cup of flour and mix until everything comes together.

lemon bars ingredients

Roughly chop your raspberries and then press them between a paper towel to remove some moisture.

raspberries

Gently fold them into your batter.

lemon raspberry bar batter

lemon raspberry bar ingredients

Sprinkle the remaining Tablespoon of flour and fold together until everything is combined.

Pour into a greased 8×8 baking dish.

lemon raspberry brownies

Bake for 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

lemon brownies recipe

Let cool completely then sprinkle with powdered sugar.

lemon raspberry bars

lemon raspberry brownies recipe

lemon raspberry bar

lemon raspberry dessert

What is the one recipe that reminds you most of warm weather?

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