Yield:
2 1/2 dozen

Freshly grated rind accentuates the orange flavor in these memorable cookies.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg and vanilla; beat well.

Step 2

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; stir well. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed.

Step 3

Remove half of dough from bowl. Add orange rind and orange extract to dough in bowl, and mix well. Remove orange dough from mixing bowl, and set aside. Return plain dough to mixing bowl; add melted chocolate, beating well. Cover and chill both portions of dough 1 hour.

Step 4

Roll each half of dough to a 15" x 8" rectangle on floured wax paper. Place orange dough on top of chocolate dough; peel off top wax paper. Tightly roll dough, jellyroll fashion, starting at short side and peeling wax paper from dough while rolling. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Step 5

Slice dough into 1/4" slices; place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Step 6

Chocolate-Cherry Swirls: Substitute 1/2 cup drained minced maraschino cherries for orange rind and orange extract. Add 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour to cherry dough if it is too soft.

Step 7

Note: To prevent flat-sided cookies, turn dough rolls halfway through the second chilling time. Dental floss makes cutting the dough easier.

Christmas with Southern Living 1999

Ratings & Reviews

Gokulananda's Review

Shelby1980
December 15, 2013
The proportions are not right in this recipe, far too much flour for 1 cup of butter. I looked up a similar recipe and adjusted this one considerably, using 1/2 cup more of butter, 1/2 cup more sugar, another egg, and a littler more vanilla and orange rind. The consistency was perfect.

Shelby1980's Review

TCHTexas
December 23, 2012
mine turned out crumbly and there's no way dental floss could get thru them.... what did I do wrong? :(

tommeeraye's Review

AnjaLu
December 16, 2012
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AnjaLu's Review

Gokulananda
December 26, 2011
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klowee210's Review

klowee210
December 18, 2011
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TCHTexas's Review

tommeeraye
January 19, 2011
Very good recipe with a lovely presentation, but could be a little sweeter. I topped the cookies with a light glaze. Perfection!