Spiced Sugar Cookies With Orange Glaze

Hello Loves!

So, the leaves are falling (kind of), whilst I sit here sipping my pumpkin spice latte and editing this post. This has to be one of my favorite posts I've worked on so far, with the pictures turning out gorgeous and the recipe, a year in the making, turning out amazing! As the temperature outside starts cooling off, I prepare to get busy with my baking and fall recipes. My favorite recipes are the ones that have alot of spices and richness to them. In the mix of recipes, I always try to include some variations on sugar cookies since they are so prevalent this time of year. That's how I came up with these warm-spiced sugar cookies with a lovely orange glaze to add a bit of zing.

You'll make your loved ones very happy with this recipe. You won't need incense or essential oils because while baking these cookies your house is going to smell absolutely amazing. I ground my own spice mix but you can use pre-ground cloves, cinnamon and star anise so you don't have to do the extra work. It just seems like grinding the spices fresh helps release fresh oils and flavors so that your cookies come out extra flavorful. Not only is this one of my best and most favorite sugar cookie recipes, but it includes a spectacular DOUBLE glaze; one is a fresh and complimentary orange glaze and the other is a milk and nutmeg based glaze to add that earthy richness. And, of course, a great way to make your cookies taste better is to cut them out in cute little fall shapes. As everyone knows, food tastes better when it looks fun!

So grab your favorite fall cookie cutter forms and let's get started!

Ingredient List:

Flour - 4 Cups
Sugar - 1 1/2 Cups
Egg - 1, Medium
Baking Powder - 1 Tbsp.
Salt - 1/4 tsp.
Ground Cloves - 1/2 tsp.
Ground Cinnamon- 1 tsp.
Ground Star Anise- 1/4tsp.
Butter - 1 Cup, room temperature

Orange Glaze recipe:

Orange - 3, juiced and zested
Powered Sugar - 1 Cup
Orange Food Color - just a pinch will do you plenty!

Spiced Glaze Recipe:

Milk - 3 Tbsp.
Powdered Sugar - 1 Cup
Nutmeg - 1/3 tsp., Freshly grated

Don't forget to get some fun fall sprinkles and toppings!

Start off by making your cookies. Set the oven to preheat to 400 degrees. While the oven is warming up, put together the dough. Put your egg and butter into your stand mixer. Turn it on low and let the egg and butter break up and become one liquid. Now add your dry ingredients: Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Salt, Cloves, Cinnamon and Star Anise. I recommend mixing all of the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl to get them pre-incorporated together. When you add your dry ingredients, do so slowly and keep the mixer going slowly as well until the dry ingredients have been moistened. This will keep you from having a layer of spiced flour dust all over your kitchen! Slowly increase the speed as the ingredients all meld together. Once everything has mixed evenly, stop the mixer.

Lightly flour a working surface on your counter or table and lay your dough out on it. Lightly flour your rolling pin and roll your dough out thin, about 1/8th inch. Once you'v reached this thickness, take your favorite cookie cutters and go nuts! I found some really cute maple leaves and turkeys at Michaels. If you have little ones helping you out, make sure to keep an eye on them as the cookie cutters can have some sharp edges!

Take out some baking trays and line them with parchment paper. Place your cookies on the trays as you go.

When you cut out your cookies, roll the leftover dough into a ball and roll it out again with a rolling pin. Keep going until you have all of the dough used up. This will help prevent any waste. Just a head's up that this recipe will make about 4-5 dozen cookies, so don't be surprised if you look up and have all of your trays filled all of a sudden. If you only have a couple trays, you can roll out lengths of parchment paper and set your cookies on them. Then, when one group of cookies is done baking, you can exchange baked for unbaked very easily.

When the oven is ready, slide your trays in and set your timer to 9 to 10 minutes. Or whenever the underside starts turning golden brown.

Once the cookies are baked, pull them out of the oven and transfer directly to a cooling rack. Now is the time to get rolling on your glazes.

For the orange glaze, pour the orange juice and zest into a small saucepan and heat in up on medium, stirring occasionally for a few minutes until the juice thickens. Add the sugar and stir it in until it's dissolved. Add some orange food coloring to the glaze to make it brighter orange as needed or you can leave it out if you prefer. Continue to simmer for a few more minutes and stir to make sure that everything is dissolved and the glaze is smooth and sweet (be careful not to burn yourself when tasting!!) Remove from the heat but keep slightly warm.

For the spiced glaze, simply pour the milk into another small saucepan and heat it up on medium as well. Once the milk has started to simmer, add the powdered sugar and stir it in until dissolved. Once the sugar has been dissolved, slowly cook the milk down until it thickens into a glaze. Finish by removing the milk from the heat and grating a whole nutmeg into the glaze, stirring it in.

Your cookies should be cooled off for the most part by now, so you can go ahead and glaze them. The cooler the cookies are, the better, because the glaze will set quickly on a cool cookie. If you put hot glaze on a hot cookie, the glaze will go everywhere and you will have a mess... Unless you want the cookies coated in the glaze, in which case, go nuts!

For everyone else, have a slightly warm glaze (enough to pour from a spoon but cool enough to stay mostly on the cookie) and a room temperature cookie. Put your cookies on a cool tray and drizzle the glaze over top of the cookies. Put some festive fall sprinkles, or any other toppings you want, on the cookies and let the glaze finish cooling before serving.

And that's it! Baking cookies is one of those time-honored traditions that arrives with the nip in the air and is shared around the kitchen with many generations of family taking part. Once you've finished with the cookies, throw together a cold, nutmeg-spiced milk and enjoy! If you liked this recipe, please leave a comment and, in the spirit of sharing the season and the harvest, share this post. Have a great day loves!

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