Today started out wet and cold for us near the estuary and there was quite a lot of snow on the fells and dales. Just the sort of day to bake something citrusy and golden to remind us of warm sunny days.
100g (4oz) butter
100g (4oz) caster sugar
grated rind of 3 oranges
2 eggs beaten
225g (8oz) self-raising flour
Melt the butter and sugar together over a low heat. Remove from heat and add the orange zest to infuse while the mixture is cooling. Turn on the oven to 180-200 C. When the mixture is cool stir in the beaten eggs. If the mixture is too warm at this stage then the eggs will scramble which is no good for cookies. Stir in the flour, a little at a time, until it is all thoroughly mixed.
Spoon the mixture onto a greased baking sheet. This mixture makes about 15 cookies. I spread them with a wet knife to approximately 7-8cm (3") diameter circles. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for about 15 minutes or until the cookies look golden. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a little caster sugar while they are still on the baking sheet. Move from the baking sheet to a cooling rack using a fish slice or large palette knife. The cookies will crisp up while the cool. These cookies would also taste delicious drizzled with melted chocolate, or orange flavoured icing instead of sprinkling with caster sugar.
Enjoy your moment of sunshine with a cup of tea.