Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Romantic Orange and Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Valentine's day is here and it is a good occasion to remind yourself of the importance of love. Irrespective if you're a fan of the occasion or not, it's always great to bake or cook something special for your other half, your family, your friends or just for yourself to enjoy! 

My Valentine's special this year is a simple, cute and romantic sugar cookie perfumed with orange and vanilla for a mouth watering sensation. The cookies are delicious on their own, but if you fill them with a jam like the one I used then you've got a perfect Valentine dinner dessert or a lovely and romantic gift item. 

The recipe is really simple and requires few ingredients. 

For the dough you need:
  • 200 g butter at room temperature
  • 130 g powdered sugar (add more sugar if you just want plain cookies with no filling)
  • 1 egg (about 50 g) room temperature
  • zest of one orange
  • the seeds of one vanilla pod
  • 350-400 g of flour (the quantity well depend on how the butter absorbs the flour)
  • dash of salt
First, cream the butter, orange zest, salt, vanilla and the sugar for a couple of minutes until the butter feels light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat again for a couple of minutes until well incorporated.
Slowly add the flower to incorporate to the wet mix. Don't over mix the dough, you just want it to come together. 

Knead  the dough gently to incorporate all the ingredients until the dough is no longer sticky. If it feels too wet and sticky add some flour. Leave the dough on the counter for few minutes, uncovered. 

Place the dough between 2 baking papers and roll out to 5 mm thickness. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or over night for better results.

Take the dough out of the fridge and cut the cookies using the molds you like. I used a 10 cm round cookie cutter. I got about 16 cookies and I cut out a heart shape in 8 of them.  

Refrigerate for an additional 30 min so that the cookies hold their shape while baking.

Bake the cookies in a preheated oven (180C) for 10 to 15 min. The baking time depends on the thickness and the size of the cookies. You just want them to have a light golden color. 

Let the cookies cool completely then fill them with the red jam of your choice. You might want to try this one!

Happy valentine´s day, and remember: always bake with love and passion!