Bursting with orange flavor and boasting an incredibly chewy and melt-in-your-mouth texture, these orange glazed orange cookies are about to become your new favorite!
This post is for my sister, Sarah.
Don’t worry, the rest of you guys can read along.
You see, when Sarah got married a couple of years ago and moved to Israel, I went from seeing her almost daily, to seeing her…once or twice a year. And then she had a baby, but I didn’t get to meet my adorable niece until she was about ten months old. It was tough…missing all of her early milestones. Phone calls, photos, even videos – it just isn’t the same. It’s a big world, and even with technology making it smaller, family sometimes feels so far away.
When Western Union asked what I thought about their Home Cooked Love From Around the World video, I instantly connected to the people on the video. I love the idea that food and flavors are so much more than they seem on the surface. Cooking for family is not just about sustenance it’s about love. Flavors of home aren’t just tastes you recognize, but tastes that you connect with. This video shares stories of people who left their families and homes, but manage to reconnect to their family’s love through the familiar flavors of home. It’s emotional – especially for anyone who has a family member living far away.
I love the concept the video shares, because recipes and cooking is one of my favorite ways to connect with my sister. It might have been months since I’ve seen my sister, but when I share a new recipe and my sister makes it, we connect through the food. Today’s recipe is a surprise for my sister Sarah, because it’s my attempt to recreate a cookie I made for her years ago – a cookie that she loved. The cookie is bursting with orange flavor and boasts an amazing texture. Sarah has always been a fan – and supporter – of my baked goods and recipes but this one sticks out in my memory as one she enjoyed more than most. I lost that original recipe, but here’s my fresh take on it. I kept the ingredients basic – because we can’t both get the same products on opposite sides of the ocean. With this recipe, my sister and I can connect through common flavors and foods…even if an ocean separates us.
Sarah, I hope this recipe makes you feel a little closer to home…
One more thing I wanted to tell you guys: On her last visit home, Sarah and I were shopping, when I fell in love with the vintage-y looking background you see in this photo, so she bought it for me as a present. What better post to use the background in than one dedicated to my sister?!
- 1 cup oil
- 1½ cups sugar
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- zest of one orange, minus 1 teaspoon for the glaze
- 1 egg
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon orange zest (reserved from cookies)
- 4 teaspoons orange juice
- Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the oil and sugar until combined.
- Add the orange juice, baking powder, vanilla, orange zest and egg. Beat until creamy.
- Add the flour and beat until combined.
- Scoop the dough onto the prepared cookie sheets using a small cookie scoop.
- Bake at 350 for 9 minutes. Set aside to cool completely before glazing.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies.
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What did you think of Western Union’s video? Share your thoughts on it using #WUHomedCooked or in the comments below. Do you agree that food is one of the ways that we can make this humongous world a little smaller?
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the cookies, and the video! Maybe you’ll get inspired to make something special for someone you care about? -Miriam
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