Sun Moon Cookies

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adapted from “Apple Turnover Murder” by Joanne Fluke
Yields about 5 dozen cookies, depending on cookie size

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 egg
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the confectioners’ sugar and one-half cup granulated sugar to the melted butter and mix. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. After the mixture reaches room temperature, stir in the egg. Add the orange extract, orange zest, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Mix well. Add the flour in half-cup increments, mixing after each addition. Chill the dough at least one hour or overnight.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Pinch off bits of dough and roll them into one-inch balls. Roll the balls in a bowl containing one-fourth cup granulated sugar. Place the balls on a greased cookie sheet, 12 to a sheet. Flatten the balls with the palm of your hand. Bake at 325 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes, until light golden on top. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then move to a cooling rack.

NOTES: I line my baking sheets with parchment paper. These taste like orange flavored sugar cookies. In the batch I’m testing now with gluten-free flour, I’ll be drizzling the tops with an orange glaze.

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