I call these buttery bites “no-fuss cookies” because they are mixed in the food processor – in one simple, easy step.  They can be made for children and for grown-ups, too.  The glaze calls for either orange juice or Cointreau – use the Cointreau if only grown-ups will be enjoying them!   And, of course, you can cut them into any shape you’d like!


For the cookies:
1 cup + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1 stick (4 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon grated orange zest
2 medium egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon orange juice or Cointreau liqueur
1 Tablespoon full-fat milk or half-n-half
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

You will also need:
Food processor with blade attachment
Plastic wrap
Rolling pin
Cookie cutters
Parchment paper or silpat mat
Baking sheet
Metal spatula
Cooling rack
Small bowl

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Put all of the cookie ingredients in the food processor and process for about a minute until the dough comes together.  Remove the blade and set it aside.  Gather up the dough and wrap it in a piece of plastic wrap. 

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Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for at least a half hour.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out between two sheets of plastic wrap until it is about 1/4″ thick.  Using the cookie cutters, cut into your desired shapes. 


Place the parchment or silpat onto the baking sheet.  Place the cookies onto the baking sheet. 


Bake for about 11 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove from the oven.


Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet.  When the cookies are cool enough to handle with a metal spatula, then move them onto the cooling rack.  Cool completely.


Meanwhile, mix the ingredients for the glaze together in the small bowl. 


When the cookies are cool, spoon the glaze onto the cookies. 


Serve immediately. 

Note:  If you are not serving these cookies right away, then store them without the glaze.  Glaze them right before serving. 

Makes about 18 3″ cookies.

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