Recipe: Waffle Spice Cookies

MF Pumpkin Waffle Cookies

I love today’s recipe because it’s unique, delicious, versatile, and perfect for a snack or a dressed up dessert. Serve these waffle cookies hot, cooled, plain, or topped with ice cream—you really can’t go wrong because these sweet, cake-y cookies are so right!

Waffle Spice Cookies

1 box spice cake mix
1 cup water
1/2 cup melted butter, plus an additional 4 tablespoons reserved for waffle iron
3 eggs

For Garnish
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Directions
Preheat a Belgian waffle iron to medium high heat. Combine cake mix, water, eggs, and melted butter together. Brush hot waffle iron with reserved butter. Pour 1/3 cup of batter and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until cookies have nice crispiness and variations in color. Remove to a cooling rack and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Serve plain or topped with ice cream.

HINT: Create pumpkin spice waffle cookies by adding 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin to batter and cook an additional 60-90 seconds.

Recipe: Iced Orange Cookies

MF Iced Orange Cookies II
Something about the holidays always makes me crave citrus. I love having a huge bowl of oranges, lemons, and limes in the kitchen during those cold winter months. The sight of them reminds me of summer, and their smell and flavor adds a light, tart contrast to all the heavy, rich foods of the season. That’s why this recipe is an absolute favorite of mine to make during the holidays. I especially like to make these for a Cookie Exchange party because they are such a unique contrast to all the other traditional flavors and colors. They are so delicate and citrus-y, you’ll fall in love at first bite. I wish you could reach through the computer screen to try one, but I guess you’ll just have to make a batch for yourself.

Iced Orange Cookies

2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Icing
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
Dash of ground ginger

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and sugar together until creamy. Add eggs, orange peel, and juice and mix until well combined. Add in the remaining dry ingredients and mix well. Drop rounded teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until lightly browned. In another mixing bowl, whisk all icing ingredients together until smooth. Cool cookies before icing.

HINT: Substitute lemon zest/peel and lemon juice for the orange counterparts in this recipe for an equally stunning cookie!

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