Honey and Orange Sandwich Cookies

These are truly unique & delicious!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups self-rising flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup sweet butter, diced
  • finely grated rind of 1 large orange
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts (I used almonds, although pine nuts also go well)

     For filling:

  • ¼ cup sweet butter, diced, at room temp.
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • orange zest to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, and sugar into a large bowl.
  3. Add butter, rubbing in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the orange rind.
  4. Heat honey in a small pan until runny, but not hot.
  5. Pour honey over the dry mixture and mix (with a whisk, if you’re me, or with a fancy Kitchen Aid, if you’re lucky) until you have a firm dough.
  6. Divide the dough in half and form 20 small balls from one half. Place balls on the baking sheet, leaving room for them to spread, and flatten to create flat cookies.
  7. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheets and leave to cool.
  8. With the other half of the dough, form 20 small balls and dip one side of each into the chopped nuts. Place the cookies, nut side up, on a baking sheet and bake in the same manner as before.
  9. While they are cooking, make the filling by beating the butter, sugar, honey, and orange zest together in a mixing bowl until you get a light and fluffy icing consistency.
  10. Once the cookies are cool, scoop a hefty amount (I like filled sandwich cookies) of filling onto the first batch (without nuts), and sandwich together by topping with a nut-covered cookie.
  11. And voila–homemade sandwich cookies that are sure to satisfy and impress your holiday guests! I hope you all enjoy!

Makes about 20 cookies

From: http://incolorfulwaters.blogspot.com/2011/12/holiday-cookie-recipe-and-1000-cookie.html

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