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Almond Butter Cookies

This wonderful recipe was passed on to me by one of Jimmy’s co-workers when she found out I was baking cookies for my brother’s wedding. She told me that she bakes a batch or two for special occasions and people always rave about them.

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These cookies are easy to make, pretty, and freeze really well!

Almond Butter Cookies
Recipe makes 3.5 dozen cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400*. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and almond extract.
2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. Add dry ingredients to wet until a dough forms. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Flatten dough balls to about 1/4-inch thickness with the bottom of a buttered glass. Sprinkle sugar over top of cookies.
5. Bake for 7-9 minutes, or until cookies are set and edges are slightly brown. Cool completely before glazing. Glaze recipe follows.

Almond Butter Cookie Glaze
Ingredients:
1.5 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
4-5 tsp. water
3/4 cup sliced almonds

Directions:
1. Combine powdered sugar, almond extract, and water in a large bowl and mix until a smooth glaze forms.
2. Glaze cooled almond cookies and place a sliced almond on top. Enjoy!

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Glazed Orange Cookies

So, there’s this older man named Ted who goes to my church. Guess what he’s “famous” around the church for. His baking! I think it’s the cutest thing when men, especially older ones, bake.

Ted made glazed orange cookies for my church’s vacation Bible school in June and they were a hit. I knew I had to make them for my brother’s wedding.

Ted handed over the recipe and I was intrigued. It calls for an orange, rind and all, to be pureed in a food processor.

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If you enjoy anything orange flavored, you’ll love these cookies. Ted informed me that lemons (or even limes–if you like your cookies tart) can be substituted for oranges in this recipe–just make sure to remove the seeds.
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Glazed Orange Cookies
Recipe makes about 6 dozen cookies

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 naval orange, pureed in food processor. Rind and all!

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to combine. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat sugar, butter, eggs, and oranges.
3. Add dry mixture to wet ingredients and drop teaspoon-sized dough balls (will be mushy!) onto ungreased cookie sheets.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes and cool completely. Glaze recipe follows.

Orange Cookie Glaze
Ingredients:
1/3 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. grated orange peel
4-8 Tbs. orange juice

Directions:
1. Melt butter over medium-low heat in a saucepan. Stir in orange peel and powdered sugar.
2. Stir in orange juice 1 tablespoon at a time.
3. Stir until smooth and glaze cookies. Enjoy!

Note: Make sure to use a naval orange because it’s seedless.