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Orange-walnut sugar cookies

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Dec. 17th, 2007 | 11:38 am
posted by: meryddian in tastycreations

Every year I experiment with sugar cookie dough; the pre-made kind in the store is so easy to play around with! Here's this year's top experiment:

Orange-Walnut sugar cookies

2 rolls of ready-made sugar cookie dough, frozen
1-1/4 cup of fresh walnuts, diced
1-1/2 Tablespoon brown sugar (dark preferred, more flavor, but light ok)
1-1/2 Tablespoons of Cointreau
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of ginger powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

optional : a handful of dried berries (raspberry, peach or apricot works well for this recipe)
optional : white or dark chocolate chips

Cut the rolls of the sugar cookie dough into 4 quarterly lengths, then chop the lengths into 1/2" pieces. Put the pieces into a bowl.

Using a fork, blend together the sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and Cointreau in a small cup. Pour over the diced walnuts and toss until coated.

Put the walnuts over the cookie dough you prepared in the first step. (You should still have some of the Cointreau/sugar/spices liquid in your preparation bowl.) Add dried berries or chocolate chips if you choose to use them.

Toss the cookie dough and nut mixture together (hands work easiest), until coated. The dough should be slightly softened by this step, so it will blend into a dough a bit, and that's OK!

Scoop out onto the cookie sheet (lump size approx 2 Tbsp). Once you have spaced out all your cookies, use a spoon to splash a little of the Cointreau mix over the cookies, then bake at 325° for approximately 10-12 minutes, or until slightly golden-brown.

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