Sunday, January 26, 2014

Citrus Shorties (Vegan Orange Shortbread)

Citrus is very important during this time of year. Gotta get in your vitamin C so you can stay healthy when it's nasty cold out. Saying that these cookies will help you from getting a cold is a stretch but they might just brighten your day.

The orange flavour is just perfect in these cookies. It's definitely apparent but it isn't overpowering. They're sweet little bursts of sunshine that would be great with an afternoon tea.

I personally find that these are best when they're still warm from the oven. That way they still have a little give to them. After that, they get quite firm but if you were to dip them in some tea they'd soften up once again and just be lovely.

I think cookies like these are much-needed during the winter months just to remind you that warmer, brighter days will be here again :)

Citrus Shorties
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening, softened
3/4 cup organic sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp finely grated orange zest
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups AP flour
2 tbsp cornmeal
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Cream shortening and evaporated cane juice for 2 mins. Add in milk, zest, and vanilla. Mix in remaining ingredients until soft dough forms. Form tablespoons of dough into balls and flatten onto a lined baking sheet. Sprinkle a little coloured sugar on top.. Bake for 10 to 12 mins. Let cool for a few before transferring to cookie rack to fully cool.

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