Cinnamon-Orange Squares

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
Holiday flavors reign with each buttery bite of Cinnamon-Orange Squares.

Yield:

Makes 3 dozen

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours, 40 Minutes

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons orange zest
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Wax and parchment paper

Preparation

1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth.

2. Stir together flour and next 5 ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended.

3. Divide dough in half; flatten each into a disk. Roll each disk to 1/4-inch thickness between 2 sheets of wax paper. Transfer dough, in wax paper, to a baking sheet; chill 1 hour.

4. Preheat oven to 350°. Working with 1 portion of dough at a time, remove top wax paper; cut with a 2-inch square cutter, rerolling dough scraps once. Place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

5. Stir together 1 Tbsp. sugar and 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, and sprinkle mixture over cookies.

6. Bake at 350° for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely. Store in airtight containers.

Note:

Cynthia Groseclose,

December 2012