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Mary Anne's Orange Delight Cookies

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Some of my favorite recipes begin with: "Take one cake mix…." This recipe is no exception! When my days are long and busy and I don't have much time to make cookies, this recipe is not only fast, easy, but also really delicious.

1 Orange Supreme Cake Mix, Duncan Hines, divided

1/4 cup butter, softened

1-8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

1 egg, room temperature

1/2 teaspoon orange juice, orange extract or Cointreau

1 teaspoon orange zest, optional

1-2 drops orange food coloring, optional

1 cup toasted pecan pieces or almond pieces

Glaze (optional):

1 cup powdered sugar

1-2 Tablespoons orange juice, orange extract or Cointreau

1 teaspoon orange zest, optional

Warm water, a tablespoon at a time

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray baking sheets with non-vegetable spray (Pam) or line them with parchment paper to ease in clean up. Set aside.
  • Beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Mix in about half of the cake mix (dry), egg, orange juice, orange extract or Cointreau until smooth. Stir in remaining cake mix, orange zest and orange food coloring, if using. Add toasted nuts and stir again.
  • With a medium cookie scoop, roll into approximately one inch balls. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 11 minutes or until golden brown. I check at the nine minute mark to make sure I don't overbake them. Remove and let sit on baking sheet for two to three minutes before removing to wax paper or cooling rack. Makes about three dozen cookies.
  • While cookies are baking, make glaze; mix powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons orange juice, extract or Cointreau and orange zest, if using, together in small bowl. Add warm water, a tablespoon at a time until you have a glaze that is not runny, but not thick either. If you add too much water, stir in a little powdered sugar until you have the consistency you desire. Drizzle with a fork, spoon, or pastry brush on the cookies while still warm.

Note: Most cake mixes can be used to make cookies. Just vary the flavorings to fit the cookies. When I use a chocolate cake mix, I use Godiva chocolate liqueur, peppermint extract, or even Cointreau as my flavoring. You are only limited by your imagination.

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