Today's recipe is one of my favorite Mexican cookies! Polvorones de Naranja! Orange Dust Cookies. These delicious cookies are hard in a good way, they are very crunchy but as soon as you bite into them, they melt in your mouth, that's why they are call "Dust". These are a must Try if you are a cookie lover!
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 a stick butter
zest 1 orange plus
3 tablespoons the orange juice
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon orange extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Mix flour and salt together, set aside.
In an electric mixer at medium high speed, cream the vegetable shortening and the butter, blend until fluffy and creamy for about 4-5 minutes.
Reduce the speed to medium low, and slowly add the sugar, blend for about 1-2 minutes or until the sugar is well combined with the rest of the ingredients.
Reduce the speed to the lowest, add the egg yolk, vanilla, orange extract, orange zest and the orange juice, blend for 2 more minutes.
Scrape down the sides, and slowly add in the flour mixture blend on low until well combine. Do NOT over mix.
On a floured surface roll out the dough to a thickness of 1 inch and start cutting your cookies with a cookie cutter.
Bake at 400ºfor about 18-20 minutes or until slightly brown. Transfer to a rack to cool, then sprinkle with powdered sugar.