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Orange Sable Cookies

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For busy bakers, icebox cookies are indispensable: Whenever fresh, warm treats are called for, these orange delights can be popped into the oven for an instant treat.

  • Yield: Makes 5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups whole blanched almonds
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated orange zest (2 to 3 oranges)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sanding or granulated sugar, for rolling

Directions

  1. Place almonds and confectioners' sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Process until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal; set aside.

  2. Place butter and zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. On low, add almond mixture; beat until combined, 10 to 15 seconds. Add egg and orange juice; combine. Add flour; combine.

  3. Place two 12-by-16-inch pieces of parchment on a clean work surface. Divide dough in half. Form a rough log with each half; place on parchment. Fold parchment over dough; use a ruler to roll and press dough into 1 1/2-inch-diameter logs. Wrap. Chill for at least 3 hours.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Spread sanding sugar in a baking pan. Unwrap logs; roll in sugar to coat. Cut into scant 1/4-inch-thick rounds; place on sheets, 1 inch apart. Bake until edges turn golden, about 15 minutes, rotating halfway through. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Bake or freeze remaining dough. Store baked cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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  • aulait
    10 SEP, 2011
    To "patcash".Orange Zest is quite intense Flavour.Sweet juice of 3 Tablespoons equals 9 teaspoons for the Orange Juice.Using a Fine mesh Rasp will give so much zest to chop up into smaller bits that are redolent through~out every cookie.Sanding Sugar is also known as "Bar Sugar" that is rimmed on drink's glasses. "Castor Sugar" another name from Britain.Try and see if notice Flavours.If desire,a dash of Orange Extract if not as intensely "Orange" flavoured as desired as well.Never distrust MSL.
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  • patcash
    20 FEB, 2011
    I haven't made these but I can't imagine that there would be much of an orange flavor with that amount of zest and juice. I found the same thing with her lemon ice box cookies. I ended up making a lemon flavored frosting so people would know they were lemon. Especially my lemon loving people. The next batch I made I increased both zest and juice and they were great. Will do the same with the orange.
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  • dafadill
    20 FEB, 2011
    My husband has heart problems so I don't use nuts. I buy the small, crunchy Grape Nut Cereal (not the grape nut cereal FLAKES). You simply run a cup or two in a food processer until they are the size you want and use in place of nuts. A good substitute anywhere nuts are used, and healthy also.
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  • juliaintheemeraldcity
    6 DEC, 2010
    I made these a couple of years ago with finely chopped crystallised ginger in place of the sanding sugar and extra orange zest (I'm a citrus nut so I always increase it) and they were awesome! Great with a cup of tea. I am making them this week for a Christmas cookie exchange as a change of pace from all the chocolate, and now that I know you can buy pre-blanched almonds, they will be much easier as a weeknight recipe!
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  • WonderWomyn
    18 SEP, 2009
    try 'em with lemon instead of orange...yummy!
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  • connienikkel
    18 SEP, 2009
    I couldn't get this page to go to print.
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  • cathyc
    4 JAN, 2009
    My bridal shower guests LOVED these cookies!! Thank you!! I was glad that I could makde the dough ahead, and just bake them fast and fresh the night before the shower. re: the Alsmonds -- you buy them "blanched". I found mine at a bulk food store for a fair price. They aslo are at Kroger in the baking aisle.
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  • KimKubicek
    22 DEC, 2008
    I thought these were delicious! They were a little time consuming for a novice baker like myself, and I ended up not blanching the almonds because that in itself would have taken forever. They would probably look nicer without the almond skin, but they still taste delicious!
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  • vikki88
    11 DEC, 2008
    Sounds delicious. I'd like to use Trader Joe's Almond Meal. Does anyone know how much 1-1/4 cups of whole almonds would convert to already ground almond meal?
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  • blubeem
    10 DEC, 2008
    i thought that the cookies were simple to make. the smell of the orange zest permeated my frig overnite. they look beautiful and will make for a great presentation on the cookie tray.
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