Orange Poppy Seed Cookies


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Makes about 18
These cookies can be made with lemon juice and zest in place of the orange, if you like; lemon juice may be used in the glaze as well. Poppy seeds are high in oil and can go rancid quickly; make sure the ones you buy are fresh and store them in the refrigerator.

Cream together until light and fluffy:
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar

Beat in:
1 large egg
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon salt

Whisk together then mix in:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Mix in:
1/4 cup poppy seeds

Stir just until all ingredients are well blended. Chill dough for 3 to 4 hours before rolling.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out on a lightly floured counter to 1/4 inch thickness and cut, then transfer cookies onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper or silicone liners. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly colored. Let cookies cool slightly on cookie sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Glaze with Orange Glaze (recipe below), if desired.

Orange Glaze
Melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Add 2 cups confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons thawed orange juice concentrate and stir until completely smooth, heating briefly in the microwave if necessary to make stirring easier. Glaze the cookies by dipping the tops in the glaze and letting the excess drip off. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. Reheat the glaze as necessary to maintain a liquid consistency while dipping. Place the cookies on a wire rack until the glaze has set.