Cookies made with fruit juice

RECIPE FINDER

March 14, 2007|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,Special to the Sun

Mary Keen of Baltimore was searching for a recipe for what she described as the "best oatmeal cookie" that she had ever eaten. Keen said what made these cookies unique was that they were made with orange juice.

Joy Meyer of Bella Vista, Ark., sent in a recipe she had clipped many years ago from a magazine for orange-oatmeal cookies. These tasty cookies are made with both orange juice and orange rind.

I tested the recipe using butter and freshly squeezed orange juice. The cookies were crisp on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. It turns out that orange and oatmeal is a great combination. All in all, these are pretty perfect little cookies.

Orange-Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 2 to 2 1/2 dozen cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 cup packed light-brown sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel

1/4 cup orange juice

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

2 cups regular or quick-cooking rolled oats

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In the large bowl of a mixer, cream butter or margarine and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg, orange peel and juice.

Gradually beat in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg until mixed. Stir in oats. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls about 2 1/2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes.

Per cookie (based on 30 cookies): 102 calories, 2 grams protein, 4 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 16 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 15 milligrams cholesterol, 74 milligrams sodium

RECIPE REQUESTS

Naomi Schanken of Westminster is looking for a recipe for a coconut cake that is sold at the Pennsylvania Dutch Market in Cockeysville.

Reds Hartman of Baltimore would like to have a recipe for panini or focaccia bread.

If you are looking for a hard-to-find recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail recipefinder@ baltsun.com. If you send more than one recipe, put each on a separate piece of paper or attachment with your name, address and daytime phone number. Names and addresses must accompany recipes to be published. Letters may be edited for clarity.

The nutrition analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.

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