zest of 2 mandarin orangesabout 1-1 1/2 tablespoons
3-4tablespoonsmandarin orange juicefrom about 2 oranges
1egg, at room temperature
1/4cupgranulated sugarI used orange-colored sugar
Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment set aside.
In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and orange zest. Beat in the egg and juice until smooth. Add the remaining dough ingredients. Set aside.
Whisk together the dusting ingredients in a small bowl/
Scoop 1 1/2 -2 tablespoon-sized balls of dough (I used a cookie scoop) and roll them into balls. Roll in the sugar mixture.
Place on the pan 1 1/2 inches apart. Repeat for the remaining dough. Bake for 12 minutes or until the tops look set and the edges are just the barest hint of brown. Cool on pan for 2 minutes then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
Can't find mandarin oranges? Sub in clementines aka Cuties or navel oranges
The granulated sugar helps the confectioners' sugar stick to the dough, don't leave it out!
Recipe can be doubled
If you'd like smaller cookies, roll them in 1 tablespoon balls. These are jumbo cookies!