Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine Chocolate Chip Cookies with Orange Liqueur Glaze

If you are going to give your heart to someone this Valentine's Day, make sure it is memorable. These cookies are sure to please!

Here is my recipe
4 tablespoons butter (no substitutes), softened to room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 large egg, at room temperature
3 tablespoons orange juice, fresh
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups rice flour, plus extra for board
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon Rumford baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/3 cup chocolate mini morsels

Orange Liqueur Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon orange zest
3 tablespoons orange liqueur
1 tablespoons whipping cream

Here is what I did
Directions for Making Cookies:
1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

2. Place butter, sugar and orange zest in bowl of food processor. Pulse until thoroughly combined. Add egg, orange juice and vanilla. Process until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed to combine. Add rice flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and chocolate mini morsels. Process until a soft dough ball forms. Turn dough out onto a dough board floured with rice flour. Knead for 2 to 3 minutes or until dough is smooth. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 20 minutes or until slightly chilled.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit after placing rack in the center of the oven. Place dough in the center of floured dough board. Roll dough to about 1/4-inch thick. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut the dough into approximately 14 or so rounds. Carefully pull excess dough away from rounds of dough; place dough rounds onto prepared baking sheet. Shape scrap dough into a ball, knead and roll out to about 1/4-inch. Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut into 6 or more cookies. Repeat process for placing unbaked  heart shaped cookies onto baking sheet.

4. Place baking sheet into preheated oven. Bake for 12 to15 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges.

5. Allow cookies to cool completely BEFORE icing to prevent icing from running off the cookie.

Directions for Making Glaze & Decorating Cookies:
1. Place sifted powdered sugar, orange zest and orange liqueur in medium mixing bowl. Stir until smooth. using a spoon, begin by placing about two teaspoons of icing in the center of the cooking.  Using the back of the spoon, spread icing to within about a half inch from edge of cookie, mimicking the shape of the cookie.

2. Allow icing to set for about 10 to 15 minutes. Using a store bought red gluten free icing in red and fitted with a small tip, outline the orange liqueur glaze with the red icing. For interest, add squiggles, initials or anything you like to make your "heart" special.

Servings: 10              Yield: 20 cookies

Oven Temperature: 350°F                Total Time: 2 hours

Calories Per Serving 243.05

Author: Dr. Jacquelyn P. Horne
Copyright: 2011

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