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No-Fuss Zesty Orange Cookies

Updated: Mar 11, 2022

By Savini Gauri



These No-Fuss Zesty Orange Cookies are the perfect combination of the zestiness of oranges and the lusciousness of butter. This is a simple and straightforward recipe for when you feel like having a wholesome yet light cookie. And don't want to spend hours in the kitchen.


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No-Fuss Zesty Orange Cookies

There are times when you want to have a simple and classic cookie. No-fuss, no fancy flavours, just a simple cookie. Not a double-mint-chocolate-dark-caramel-stuffed-mocha-salted-gelato-stuffed cookie (though it does sound delicious, it'll be a real fuss to make).

In current times everything feels very extreme. Even are reactions aren't just reactions, it's more like oh-god-is-the-world-coming-to-an-end-oh-maybe-yes-maybe-no. And to be honest, a lot of it is not in our control. But you can absolutely decide what cookie you want to bake for yourself and your loved ones. And eat it too...

No-Fuss Zesty Orange Cookies

So, without further ado, I present to you the ultimate No-fuss Zesty Orange Cookies. I am completely aware that I am calling these cookies No-Fuss and Ultimate in the same sentence. And that may sound like a contradiction. But, trust me the hype is true. They're super-duper simple to make and yet they will blow your mind.

These cookies don't look super fancy, they're round and rustic around the edges with no consistent shape....but that's their charm. This means you won't have to spend any time giving them an even shape. Ugly delicious perhaps?

No-Fuss Zesty Orange Cookies

I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that I’m all about simple and reliable recipes that give consistent results without too much effort – because honestly, most of us don’t have the luxury of being able to spend several hours in the kitchen whisking and baking. This is exactly why these cookies are so good – they take 10 minutes to prepare, 15 minutes to chill in the fridge, and about 15-18 minutes to bake. So in about 45 minutes, you can fill your stomachs with cookies and your home with the heavenly smell of Zesty Orange cookies maybe at the end of a very boring and hectic day. (I know for sure that good cookies charge and cheer me up).

No-Fuss Zesty Orange Cookies

The highlight of these cookies is definitely the beautiful orange zest. At its core, it is a simple buttery cookie with a zesty orange personality. These cookies are like a classic pantsuit but in a snazzy colour. The ingredients used are simple stuff we have at home – butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder and salt. Simplicity at its best, but with an oomph of orange zest.


No-Fuss Zesty Orange Cookies

Are these everyday cookies? All cookies are everyday cookies, no matter how fancy. Could these cookies be made fancy? Absolutely! You can easily convert them into thumbprint cookies. Just create a small cavity using your thumb (before you put them in the oven) Fill that cavity with Orange marmalade (or any preserve you prefer). Then put them in the oven until the marmalade develops a skin and the cookie has light-brown edges.

When you stuff your mouth full of the crumbly goodness (like I do) – give yourself a pat on the back. Because you’re awesome. And you’ve just made cookies, and it took you less than an hour. And see? I told you – no fuss!

Happy Baking!

Savini The Bakeshop



No-Fuss Zesty Orange Cookies

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Zesty Orange Cookies


These No-Fuss Zesty Orange Cookies are the perfect combination of the zestiness of oranges and the lusciousness of butter. This is a simple and straightforward recipe for when you feel like having a wholesome yet light cookie. And don't want to spend hours in the kitchen.

Course Dessert Prep Time 25 minutes Bake/Cook Time 15-18 minutes Total Time 45 minutes Servings 12 cookies Author Savini Gauri | Savini The Bakeshop

Ingredients

1/2 cup (110 grams) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup + 1 tbsp (70 grams) caster or powdered sugar

2 egg yolks

1.5 cups (180 grams) maida or pastry flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

2-3 pinches of salt

zest of 1 large orange (I prefer using Malta oranges)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together butter and sugar until pale and the sugar is completely dissolved.

  2. Add the egg yolks and mix until combined.

  3. Add orange zest to this mixture. Mix until uniformly distributed.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt, and add it the butter/sugar mixture.

  5. Mix with a silicone spatula, or use a stand mixer, until it forms a smooth dough.

  6. Refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes (This helps avoid excess spreading and chewy texture)

  7. Preheat the oven to 170 ºC.

  8. Line a baking tray using parchment paper or a non-stick silicone mat.

  9. Shape the dough into little balls with your hands, flattening them slightly with your palms (Be quick, since the warmth of the hands will make the butter in the dough melt).

  10. Place the cookies onto the baking tray, about 1 inch apart.

  11. Bake in the oven at 170 ºC for 15 – 18 minutes, or until the edges are a light golden colour.

  12. Allow the baked cookies to cool down on the baking tray for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Enjoy!


Storage Instructions:The cookies keep well in an air-tight container in a dry and cool place for about 5-7 days. Make sure they are completely cool before closing the container.

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