On my search for a cookie that even I can bake, I found the following. And I must say, they are really really good. The orange flavour is there but not knocking you off your feet (which is in my opinion good), not overly sweet, with a crunch on the outside and a teeny bit soft on the inner. Now all I need is a pot of tea, a good novel or magazine and some quiet and peace of mind.... Can someone please keep those children away from me and my cookie-jar? Helloooo... To fill your "koektrommel" you'll need:
1 cup butter/margarine (200 gr), softened
1/2 cup sugar (95 gr)
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar (ik gebruikte witte basterdsuiker)
1 tbs grated orange rind
2 tbs orange juice
1/4 ts vanilla extract
2.1/2 cups all purpose flour (350 gr patentbloem)
1/4 ts salt (I used less)
1/4 ts baking soda
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Cream butter; gradually add sugars, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg, orange rind, juice and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, salt and soda; gradually add to the mixture. Stir in pecans.
Shape dough into 2 long rolls, 1.1/2" in diameter with the help of waxed paper. Chill 3 hours or until firm. Unwrap and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookiesheets. Bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes (keep en eye on them, 8 is rather close) or until edges are lightly browned. Yield: 6 dozen!