The refreshing flavour and delicious scent of of this cookie is due to the addition of orange peel. No matter how many you cut, you will find the same image on every cookie slice! The iced version is also cute and easy to prepare.
Begin with Recipe ID: 2488057 Cute Strawberry Icebox Cookies Follow the recipe until you reach Step 9.
Prepare the orange peel and the food colouring.
This time I followed "yukijirushi"'s Carefree Lemon Peel recipe, Recipe ID: 2094536, and used amanatsu peel. Feel free to use storebought peels if you prefer not to make your own.
You should have about 370 g of dough. Divide this into 100 g and 270 g portions. Take the 270 g portion, and fold in the food colouring.
To get the best colour, use the tip of a toothpick as a scoop, and add 2 scoops of red and 4 of yellow food colour to the dough.
Once you have gotten a nice colour, you can add the peel.
Your two balls of dough should look like this.
Your orange coloured dough should now weigh 290 g. Divide this into a 190 g portion for the inside of the orange, and 100 g portion for the peel. Roll the 190 g portion into a log shape.
Place the peel portion between two sheets of parchment paper, and roll te dough out until it is 1.5 mm thick. you want to make it the same width as the log you rolled in Step 8.
The peel will be this portion in the finished cookie~
Roll the white dough out to 1-1.5 mm. This will form the pith of your cookies.
Put your shaped dough pieces in the freezer. When the orange log has chilled for 20 minutes, transfer it into the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes.
The orange peel and pith sheets only need to chill for 5 minutes. After this, transfer them to the refrigerator.
Cut the chilled log in half lengthwise. Do your best to make sure the cut portions are equal, as this will make the prettiest cookie.
Cut each piece in half.
Cut each piece in half again. You should now have 8 wedges.
Remove the pith dough from the refrigerator.
Place one wedge on the pith to measure the proper width, and use a knife to cut a strip of pith.
Here's one piece that's finished!
The center of the cookie will be wedges stuck together with a sheet of pith like this.
You're halfway there!
The second half should be made using the same method.
Your 2 halves are done.
Use a thin strip of pith dough to fill in the gap in the center.
Gently pres the two halves together to create the center of the cookie. Adjust the shape and roundness by rolling the log on the countertop.
Roll the remaining pith around the outside of the log. By this point the dough will have softened. so put it in the freezer to chill for a moment.
Remove the peel section of the dough, it will be pretty hard, so leave it on the countertop to warm up a little bit.
It is soft enough when you can bend it like in the photo without causing cracks to form.
Remove the log from the freezer, and wrap thee orange peel around it.
Press the parchment paper around the cookie, and roll it into shape. Put the finished log into the freezer for 20 minutes, transfer it into the refrigerator, and let it chill for an additional 10 minutes.
Cut the cookies by slicing the log into 4-5 mm slices.
Line the cookies on a baking sheet and cook at 180℃ for 17 minutes. The cookies will expand when baking, so be sure to leave plenty of space between them.
When the cookies have been baking for 7 minutes, cover them with aluminum foil. The aluminum foil will prevent the cookies from browning, so you can enjoy their lovely colour. Be sure to use aluminum foil!!
You may need to adjust the baking time to suit your oven. Check the cookies about 7 minutes after covering with aluminum foil to see how much time they might need.
These are the finished cookies. Transfer them to a cooling rack. They will become crispy when cooled.
For the iced version, you only have to prepare the orange-coloured dough. After letting it chill, cut the log into 4-5 mm slices. Bake these following the directions above.
When the cookies have cooled, ice them to make an orange section (icing not included in ingredients).
The icing will harden when set. This method is fast and easy.
You can make these cookies as fancy as you want depending on how much time you have.
Story Behind this Recipe
I had a lot of orange peel, and so decided to make these refreshing and delicious cookies. I wanted find a way to make cookie dough that would be easy to mold into shapes, but come out crispy as well.
If you freeze the dough too much, it will break apart when slicing. You only need to leave the dough in the freezer for about 20 minutes. If you leave it in longer, transfer it into the refrigerator for a bit before cutting.