Monday, May 24, 2010

Hermit Cookies with Orange Glaze

The second cookie I chose was a Hermit cookie, the flavors just sounded yummy to me, and with an Orange Glaze.. Uhm why not!!

2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 c (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 c firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 lg eggs
3 Tbsp pure maple syrup (or molasses)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 c dark raisins
1 1/4 c chopped walnuts

Orange Icing:
3/4c confectioner's sugar, sifted
2tsp freshly squeezed orange juice
zest of orange ( I just zested til I liked what I saw haha)
Hot water to desired thickness.

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter until creamy, about 30 sec. Gradually add the dark brown sugar and continue to beat until the Mixture is light in texture, 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Beat in the maple syrup and vanilla. At low speed, beat in the flour mixture in two additions, mixing just until blended. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the raisins and walnuts.
Drop the dough by rounded tsp onto parchment lined baking sheets, spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, for 9-12 minutes, until they are just set in the center and browned on the bottom. Transfer the cookies to wire racks and cool completely.

In a medium Bowl, whisk together the confectioner's sugar, orange juice and just enough hot water to make an icing thin enough to drizzle. I just used a fork and then drizzled all over the cooled cookies.

They were tasty, very fall like in flavor. A definite for Thanksgiving time!!