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Orange and Nutmeg Cookies



I find it hilarious how I always end up baking when I'm trying to lose weight - where's the logic? Maybe it's my inner self shouting out that it's craving naughty treats? Very likely!

But now as Christmas (I'm allowed to start saying it now!) is only around the corner we decided we need to get the Reynolds family into the festive spirit. I suppose it'll come out in full force once we start getting presents and thinking about our tree! 
Before that happens, we're getting ourselves warmed up by thinking of Christmassy baking recipes!
Wednesday I just got the urge to do some baking - I love baking, especially with Freddie as he gets *so* excited because he loves helping. It's a treat for us all!


Baking in this house is something we all get involved with. It gets messy and it adds to the never ending pile of washing up, but we enjoy it - plus you get something scrummy out of it in the end, what's better?

As our thoughts were onto Christmas, we decided to use 'Christmas' ingredients. Yup, we searched for a 'basic cookie' recipe and put our own twist on it. My they were gorgeous! (I'm surprised I only had one!!)


The Cookies were so crumbly, they almost resembled shortbread. Also unbelievably light. I was fairly shocked at how lovely these came out as they looked like they would be too stodgy, but they weren't at all! Tasted very Orangey! I'd definitely make them again as the recipe was so easy to follow and they were ready to bake within minutes!

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
  • 225g of Butter, at room temperature
  • 110g of Caster sugar
  • 275g of Plain Flour
  • Orange to Zest
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg (to make it easier or can grate a Nutmeg)
METHOD
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4/160C Fan 
  • Cream the Butter and Sugar in a bowl together until soft and fluffy.
  • Sift the Flour into the bowl and add the Nutmeg and Zest from the Orange into the bowl.
  • Mix the mixture together until you get a dough.
  • Roll the dough into a walnut size balls (I recommend with your hands) and then place evenly on a baking tray (may want two - we made 15 from this mixture), pressing down with your palm to flatten them a little.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until they look like you want to eat them!
  • After cooked, place them on a wire rack to cool.
They were so yummy, although I'd advise to wait until they've cooled so that the middle isn't doughy at all - I made this mistake and they tasted like raw cookie mix.. Flour-y! But after that, feel free to go at them!



Freddie was my cookie model! He honestly made me laugh so much as he was just desperate to eat it all up!
After they cooled a bit we decided to 'decorate them' - by that I mean cut out stencils and make shapes on the top. We went for a quick star for our 'Christmas theme' and they looked rather pretty.
Some of them my little helper just covered in sugar. We sat them on a plate with sugar and just played around with it, he loved it.

I'm really looking forward to trying out this recipe again and trying other combinations!
A few we had in mind was..
  • Orange with Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
  • Orange and Mixed Spice Cookies
  • Raspberry and Lemon Cookies
  • Orange and Dark Chocolate Cookies
  • Lemon and Lime Cookies
  • Cranberry and Lemon Cookies
Shall we make these batches and they turn out great - we'll share the recipes with you ;)



Anyone for a Cookie?