Mexican American Cookies

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It’s Christmas time! Baking cookies for Christmas will make the holiday season more fun filled.
Here is the recipe for delicious Mexican Orange Sugar Cookies, a traditional Christmas cookie in Mexico. The recipe is so simple that can make all year round. These cookies make great Christmas gifts for family, friends, co-workers and just everyone. These cookies taste great with coffee!
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• ½ cup unsalted butter or vegetable shortening
• 4 ounces cream cheese
• 1 teaspoon ground anise seeds
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 2 oranges
• 1 cup vanilla bean infused granulated sugar
• 1/2 cup orange juice
• 2 eggs
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
Vanilla Bean Infused Sugar
2 cups granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean
Scrape seeds of vanilla beans in a jar of granulated sugar.
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Roll out the dough into 2-inch-diameter logs. As this dough will be sticky, it is recommended to roll it in wax paper. Shape the logs and refrigerate dough overnight so that it can be baked the next day.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F, when the dough is ready to bake.
Remove dough logs from refrigerator and unwrap them. Cut into 1 inch thick slices. Cookie cutters of different shapes can be used to cut cookies. Kids love cookies, especially those in different shapes! Star shaped cookies will be great for Christmas time.
Tops of these slices can be dipped in pearl sugar before baking. Since its Christmas time, red and green colored sugar sprinkles will add more color to the cookies. Bake cookies on greased cookie sheets for around 8 minutes. Remove cookies from oven once they turn golden brown. Let the cookies cool down. Pack these cookies in handmade paper bags, decorated glass or Mason jars with colorful ribbons on top. These cookies are sure to make thoughtful homemade gift for friends and family.
Merry Christmas!
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