Chewy {Orange Kissed} Sugar Cookies

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Recipe by South Your Mouth

Chewy {Orange Kissed} Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 egg

Zest of one large orange (or 2 lemons)

1 tablespoon fresh orange juice (or 2 teaspoons lemon juice)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

Sprinkles or sugar for rolling cookies

Cream together butter and sugar with an electric mixer set at medium speed until fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add egg, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla and continue mixing until ingredients are well combined and smooth.

Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt then slowly add dry ingredients to butter mixture. Mix on low speed until combined. Dough will be thick.

Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls*, roll in sprinkles and place on a cookie sheet or baking pan 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until cookies just begin to brown on the bottom. Cool cookies on cookie sheet for 5 minutes then remove to a clean surface to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container.

*I use a 1 1/2 inch cookie scoop to portion out my cookies. I pack the dough in level then pop the dough out and roll the rounded part in the sprinkles (not the flat bottom). The dough pops out dome-shaped which is perfect because a) I don’t have to try to roll them into balls – they’re already perfectly rounded and b) they have a flat surface to place on the cookie sheet so they won’t roll around on the pan. I hope that makes sense!