Learning 2 Bake from Scratch – XXV

Orange Drops

I’m starting to think there is hope! I felt like baking cookies, today, so I did. On the way back from the hardware store, we stopped for the missing ingredients: an orange and hazel nuts. (Did that sound appropriately butch?).

1 cup sugar (large)
1 cup shortening (small)
Grated rind and juice of 1 medium orange
2 eggs
pinch of salt
1 cup flour (large)
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup H [hazel?] nuts

As usual with one of grandma’s recipes, no instructions. But I know the drill, now, including eggs are bigger – and she would probably go into shock at the size and juiciness of a “medium” orange. The store didn’t have hazel nuts, so I got pecans – and remembered to toast them.

As you can see, they didn’t turn into a sheet of cookie goo, so I added sufficient flour – another two cups, which prompted me to add another 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder and another pinch of salt.

They taste great! Oddly, “refreshing” describes them well. The pecans were a waste of money; one cannot taste them at all. Perhaps more or perhaps none at all.

I like the old-school cookie size; I don’t want one cookie to be a meal. They’re not quite all the same and the last ones scooped are a bit lopsided, but much improved. I’m calling this one a win.

Below freezing outside convenience: Put the cookie sheets outside between batches to cool them.

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