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Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck Photo by: Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Cinnamon-Orange Squares

Holiday flavors reign with each buttery bite of Cinnamon-Orange Squares.

Southern Living DECEMBER 2012

  • Yield: Makes 3 dozen
  • 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.

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