Orange-Flavored Raisin-Pecan Cookies

These are very light cookies, both in texture and in the absence of added sugar. The natural sweetness of the orange juice and other ingredients is enough. Use very ripe oranges–or satsumas, which should be available soon.

Raisin and orange cookies.

  • 1/2 cup softened butter, plus one Tbs.
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbs. grated orange rind
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1. In a bowl, beat the butter until it’s very pale. Add the egg and continue to beat until well blended. Beat in the orange rind and orange juice.

2. In a second bowl, combine all the dry ingredients except the pecans and raisins. Add to wet ingredients and beat until well blended.

3. Stir in nuts and raisins. Drop dough by round teaspoonfuls onto a cookie sheet, two inches apart. Bake at 365 degrees for 25 minutes, or until medium-light brown

4. Cool on a wire rack. Store in a tightly-closed container.

Makes two dozen.

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