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)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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)
- 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