Orange velvet cookies

Halloween is less than a week away! I believe we have over 200 candy bars and I am nervous that may not be enough! So I probably in a panic, will buy at least another 2 bags. I can always bake with some of the leftovers, right? In addition to Reeses on cups, Hershey bars and snickers, we also have gluten free and peanut free options – and charms blow pops!

Today’s treat is another orange colored cookie ode to Halloween – orange velvet cookies. Basically I tweaked a red velvet cookie recipe and colored it orange and topped each with orange frosting. This recipe makes a TON of cookies, so you might want to cut it in half

Ingredients –

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 5 1/2 cups plus 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Orange food coloring

Directions – cream butter, oil, sugar and powdered sugar. Add water and eggs. Mix in food coloring. Fold in dry ingredients. Scoop out 2 tbs of dough and roll into balls, then roll in sugar. Slightly flatten. Chill a few hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 350. Stagger on cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. They will be a little mushy on top,and light golden on bottom.

Cool on sheet 10 minutes. Cool completely.

Frosting ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 -4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Orange food coloring

Directions

Cream butter and 3 cups powdered sugar. Add milk and vanilla. Blend in food coloring. You may need more powdered sugar or milk, depending on the consistency you want.

Frost cookies and store in covered container.

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