Christmas Orange Cookies

Christmas Orange Cookies

1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon orange extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
6 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground clove

Beat the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between. Add the extract. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until blended completely. Wrap in wax paper and chill dough for one hour.

Before you are ready to take the dough out of the refrigerator make the filling. In a small bowl, mix together all of the filling ingredients until smooth and completely blended, set aside.

Roll out the dough from the refrigerator into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick between two sheets of wax paper. Spread the filling onto the rolled out dough. Starting with the long side facing you gently roll the dough up. Cut the log into two pieces and wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate for one hour or more. The longer the refrigerate the dough the easier it will be to cut.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove one log from the refrigerator and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place the dough on a cookie sheet, not too close together as they will spread, and bake for 10-11 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet and cool.

Makes about 40 cookies

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