What did surprise me, though, was the fact that there were barely any directions. The top of the card listed the ingredients, followed by the baking instructions, which were about 4 minutes off! It also said to dip the cookies in the glaze, coating well. After dipping the entire cookie in the glaze and making my mouth pucker, I realized that I needed to make a few changes to the recipe card :)
Prep Time: 30 minutes minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Yield: approx. 4 dozen cookies
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar (or substitute the milk and vinegar for buttermilk)
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 3/4 cups shortening
- 1 orange and zest of 1 orange, divided--1 1/2 teaspoon will go in the batter, and the other 1 1/2 teaspoon is for the glaze
- 1 cup sugar
- Combine the vinegar and milk and allow to sit for 15 minutes. (Milk will sour and produce lumps--but don't worry! It's supposed to!) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking trays with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the brown sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add the wet ingredients to the mixture, until combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Finally, incorporate 1-1/2 teaspoon orange zest.
- Add a Tablespoonful of dough to the tray. Continue until you have 12 scoops of dough. Bake 14-15 minutes. Cookies should look soft but not golden. Allow to cool about 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.
- Once the cookies are cooled, make the glaze. In a cereal bowl, combine the sugar, juice of 1 orange (about 1/3 cup), and remaining orange zest. Dip only the tops of the cookie in the glaze and set on wax paper to dry. Let the cookies set before digging in!
Source: Great-Grandma Gail