Polvorones de Naranja (Orange Dusts)

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A recipe from Mexico, The Beautiful Cookbook. Each region of Mexico has its own version of this airy cookie. The name refers to the "light" cookie made simply of fat, sugar, egg and flour. You may substitute 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening for lard.
Recipe By: The Beautiful Cookbook
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  • ServesMakes 36 cookies

Ingredients

    • 1 cup lard OR
    • 1/2 cup shortening and 1/2 butter
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 large egg yolks
    • 1/4 cup orange juice
    • Peel of 2 oranges, grated
    • 4 cups all purpose flour
    • powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°.

In a large bowl beat the lard (or butter/shortening mixture) until light and fluffy. Add sugar a little at a time and beat until thoroughly mixed. Add yolks, orange juice, orange peel, Stir in flour with a spatula.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 3/4" thick. Cut out 2 1/2" circles and place on a greased baking sheet. Re-roll the scraps and continue until all dough is used.

Bake 25 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown lightly around the edges. Transfer to a rack to cool, then arrange on a platter and sprinkle with the sugar through a fine sieve.
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