Orange Shortbread Cookies

Orange Shortbread Cookies
 
Ingredients:
  • Peel of 2 oranges, sliced into 1/4" strips
  • 2 1/4 cups vegan refined sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 ounces of Earth Balance, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegan confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces vegan dark chocolate

 

Directions:
  1. Peel your oranges and slice the peel into strips. Save part of the orange flesh to use for the orange juice you'll need later on.
  2. Place the sliced orange peel into a small pot of cold water and bring to a boil.
  3. When the water begins to boil, remove from heat, drain the water and repeat the process two more times.
  4. After the water is drained the third time, bring the orange peel, 1 3/4 cups refined sugar and 1 cup of water to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 45 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Remove from heat, drain the water, roll the strips of peel in the remaining 1/2 cup of refined sugar and place on a rack to dry for 5 hours.
  6. When you're ready to make the cookies, chop the candied orange peel. You should have approximately 1 cup of chopped peel when you're finished.
  7. Stir together the Earth Balance and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl.
  8. Add in the salt and flour and continue to stir. The dough will start to form clumps.
  9. Add the orange zest, orange juice, chopped candied orange peel and vanilla extract to your dough and continue to stir.
  10. Use your hands to form the dough into a log, roughly 2.5" high x 2.5" wide
  11. Wrap the log in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  12. After an hour, preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  13. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, unwrap and cut the log into 1/4" slices.
  14. Place the slices on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops are golden.
  15. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool completely.
  16. Once cool, melt the dark chocolate and drizzle over the cookies.
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