Here's how conversations work in my house...
Me: I'm making Oscar cookies.
Carson: Why? We're not having a party.
Me: I know.
Carson: Please don't make them.
Me: I will.
And I do. And I did. But I had these edible glitter stars which were just perfectly festive and appropriate and begging to be used. I don't need to justify myself to you, right? You get me, don't you? Also, when you get it in your head that a fresh orange sugar cookie with zest and juice and extract might be marvelous, you owe it to yourself to find out. It was.
Orange Sugar Cookies with Orange Icing
(Makes 18 cookies)
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup sugar
2 large egg yolks
1/2 tsp orange extract
1/2 tsp orange zest
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour
With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until combined. Add egg yolks, orange extract and orange zest and mix until smooth. Add baking powder, salt and flour, and mix until a dough forms. It might look crumbly, but it will come together with your hands. Form into a ball and cover in plastic wrap. Let cool in fridge for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. Take chilled dough and form balls (roughly 2 tsp in size), place onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Gently press down with thumb to flatten cookies. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Let cool completely before applying icing.
I used this recipe for the icing and only changed it up by adding 1/4 tsp of orange extract.