Poor Man Cookies – Citrus Shortbread

Poor Man Cookies – Citrus Shortbread

Chef’s note: These cookies are NOT meant to have a strong flavor. They’re a lighter cookie, perfect for teas, church coffee hour, and dipping in yogurt as a yummy snack! I’m also including some alternate ideas for adding flavor at the bottom. Feel free to comment after you’ve tried the recipe and tell me how they came out. 🙂


  • 2 medium juiced oranges, and zested rinds
  •  1 cups unsalted butter, softened and cooled
  • 1-1/3 cups 100% Maple syrup or raw honey
  • 4 cups flour (I prefer spelt flour, an ancient grain)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whip the orange juice and butter together. Slowly add the syrup or honey, and cream ingredients together. Hand mix in the flour to a firm consistency. If dough seems too soft, add in more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  3. Lightly flour a flat, smooth surface for rolling out your dough. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness, then cut into fun shapes with a cookie cutter. Then place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. (You can lightly poke cookies all over the top surface with a fork to prevent slight bubbling during the baking process.)
  4. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until edges are a light golden brown. (dark brown edges mean the cookies are burnt, and will be hard. Shortbread is meant to be soft)
  5. Cool on wooden cutting board before placing on wire cooling racks.
Alternative flavoring ideas:
* mix in 1/2 cup chopped frozen raspberries, cranberries or strawberries
* mix in 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
* mix in 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

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