“Interpret the Orange” : Michael’s Orange Cookies and Tea
This weekend I experimented with baking by making Oatmeal and Orange cookies with Orange Tea.
How to make the cookies:
¼ cup of softened butter
¼ cup of brown sugar
¼ cup of honey
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of orange juice or orange extract
¼ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of flour
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
1 cup of dry oats
and ½ cup of orange (preferred small fresh chunks or naturally dried)
Combine the wet ingredients in a bowl and stir together well but do not over beat.
Preheat your oven to 375° F and scoop the batter with a tablespoon onto a baking sheet. For mini cookies, use just one decent-sized scoop per cookie. For larger cookies, use 2-3.
Place the cookies in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until nicely golden brown. Cool for 5 or so minutes.
Note: Cookies will be very soft due to honey. For best firmness, wait an hour for cookies to harden or place in refrigerator.
How to make the tea:
Take the peels of your oranges and place them into a tea steeper, with squirts of orange juice and a teaspoon of honey. Combine with boiled water and steep for 5-10 minutes, or while waiting for cookies to bake. Colouring will be a light yellow or yellow-green, depending on freshness of orange peels.
Enjoy cookies and tea with a fresh orange for best results!