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Orange Snaps (D, TNT)
Source: "Lemon Meringue Pie Murder Mystery," by Joanne Fluke
Yield: 10 dozen

1-1/2 cups butter, melted (3 sticks)
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
2 eggs, beaten
4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. orange zest
4 cups flour
1/3 cup white sugar, for rolling

Melt butter in large microwave-safe bowl. Add sugar and orange juice concentrate and stir. Let mixture cool slightly.

Add the eggs, baking soda, salt, and zest, stirring after each addition.

Add the flour in increments and mix thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is even better).

After chilling the dough, preheat the oven to 350°F.

Roll the chilled dough into walnut-sized balls. Roll in the 1/3 cup sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet, 12 per sheet. Press the dough down just a little so they won't roll off.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cookies cool for 2 minutes then remove them to rack.

Poster's Notes:
I found these a bit too sweet. I would cut back the sugar in the first part of the recipe, to almost half. These cookies freeze well. Roll them in foil, put in a freezer bag and they will last for 3 months.

Posted by Cynde Sawyer

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A