Introduction: Dreamsicle Meltaway Cookies
AKA - Winter Storm Draco Cookies!!
What do you do when school is canceled, the wind is howling, you can't go shopping and you are entirely snowed in?
PANIC??!! Nope....BAKE COOKIES!!! It's a much better use of time!
These delightful little cookies literally melt away in your mouth just like the Dreamsicles I savored when I was a kid. Maybe you remember the perfect combination of orange and vanilla too. It's magical and sort of reminds me of snow. No wait, everything reminds me of snow when there are complete whiteout conditions and the ground is blanketed in 15 inches of the powdered fluffiness.
Step 1: Zest and Juice Orange
Using a microplane zest one entire orange. Set zest aside.
Cut orange in half and squeeze one half to get 2 T. fresh orange juice. Set juice aside.
Step 2: Make Dough
Dreamsicle Meltaway Cookies
3/4 c. butter
3/4 c. powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
zest of one orange
2 T. orange juice
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
2 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
In the bowl of a stand mixer beat butter on medium speed until pale yellow. Add powdered sugar, juice, zest and vanilla one at a time mixing well after each addition.
Add flour and salt and mix until well combined.
Step 3: Freeze Dough
Divide dough in half and place one half on a large rectangle of waxed paper. Shape dough into a log. Roll the waxed paper around the dough and twist the ends up like a tootsie roll.
Freeze for 30 minutes or until the dough is firm.
Step 4: Bake Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Remove dough from freezer and remove the waxed paper.
Place dough on a cutting board and using a sharp knife cut log into 1/4 inch slices. Arrange slices on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes.
Transfer cookies to a wire rack. While cookies are still warm lightly dust with powdered sugar using a small sieve.
Optional - dust with orange sanding sugar over the top of the powdered sugar.
Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.