Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tangerine meltaways

Tangerine meltaways

You know when something gets stuck on your mind and it’s impossible to let it go? After watching this movie – one of the most beautiful films ever – the soundtrack kept playing in my head for weeks.

The same happened when I saw Jen’s lime meltaways - I had to make those. HAD TO. But I was out of limes (and I swear I’d not used them for caipirinhas). :)
I did have tangerines, though, so my citrus meltaway craving had a happy ending.

I used this recipe and, even though the cookies turned out good, I thought they were better off without the icing.

Tangerine meltaways

Tangerine meltaways

¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (140g) icing sugar, sifted
zest of two tangerines
3 tablespoons fresh tangerine juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1¾ cups (245g) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon fresh tangerine juice
3 tablespoons icing sugar, sifted
½ tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled
icing sugar, extra

For dough: sift together flour, cornstarch and salt; set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and icing sugar until smooth. Stir in tangerine zest, juice and vanilla. Add sifted ingredient and mix to incorporate. Divide dough in half; shape into logs, wrap in baking paper and chill for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 160ºC/325ºF; line two large baking sheets with baking paper.

Slice logs into ¼-inch (5-mm) slices and place on a prepared sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes and allow to cool – they won’t turn golden.

For glaze: Whisk together juice, icing sugar and melted butter. Pour glaze over cookies to cover and allow to set, about 1 hour. Sprinkle with icing sugar.

Makes about 24 – I got 32


Cookie baker Lynn said...

Colin Farrell? Yes! It makes sense that the cookies would be better without the glaze since tangerine isn't as tart as lime. They look delicious, Patricia!

Anonymous said...

hmm, I was just thinking about cookies, and those look so good ... buttery and citrussy! On my to-do list now.

PS, I have tagged you!

Anonymous said...

Delicious idea :)! I've never even thought of using tangerines in cookies. They look so tasty without the frosting :)!

Anonymous said...

Love the taste of tangerines, these cookies must be delicious!

Marianna said...

yes! finally a meltaways recipe in metric measurements!! everytime i do a search for this recipe i get a bunch of "cups" listed, and i only work in metric/grams on this side of the world!! thanks so much for the recipe!! :-)

Manggy said...

Oh! I didn't know New World was a good movie. It wasn't very well-publicized. I should really look beyond the covers of books next time :) (By the way, you are the only food blogger I know who links to imdb a lot, hahaha! :)

The cookies look so meltingly good! I am shocked to hear it was better off without the icing (I worship on the altar of sugar, apparently)... Maybe it would if it were with lemon or lime juice, I wonder?

Emily Rose said...

the cookies sound wonderful! I LOVED The New World!! I saw it while I was studying abroad in France and I thought it would be a huge hit in the U.S. but was extremely surprised that almost no one had heard of it when I returned home! I loved the way it was filmed and the pace was perfect- I always feel so rushed by newer movies and this one just took it's time to tell the beautiful story.

ChichaJo said...

These sound divine! I'll save this recipe and try it with some local citrus here :)

Katie said...

I have a bunch of oranges I should make this with some of them.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Oooh, how lovely. Delightful little zesty cookies - perfect.

Unknown said...

this sounds delicioso. I'll try it out. oh my, my to-bake-list is getting longer and longer :d

Lucy said...

Mmm the tangerine version sounds good! They look and taste absolutely scrummyy. :)

Anonymous said...

I love meltaways and the tangerine version sounds absolutely wonderful and a bit "springy/summery"; just what the Dr ordered right now.

Snooky doodle said...

these cookies must be really melt in your mouth. They look so nice .

Anonymous said...

I'll not comment about the lime and the caipirinha...;-)
Cookies look good !

Alexa said...

These cookies sound so delicate and tasty. Wonderful recipe!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Once again your love of citrus shines through! These cookies look lovely, and I'd not have thought of using tangerine in a cookie. Great idea!

Leonor de Sousa Bastos said...

It's so rare to find tangerine desserts...

Your meltaways look perfect and I'm anxious to try them!

Anonymous said...

Great recipe, I like the idea of using tangerines instead of oranges and the name meltaways conjures up a meltingly lovely biscuit!

Anh said...

*drool*. I haven't baked cookies in ages. Now I want some :P

Anonymous said...

Yay! I was just looking for a new flavor of cookie to bake. Thanks for posting this recipe. It looks great.

Emily said...

I lOVE the name! That makes me think that they just meltaway on your tongue, like candy. And tangerine is always fun to say.

Deeba PAB said...

I love all things citrus, & these sound meltingly delicious Patricia! Can't wait for tangerines to show up (everything is seasonal here!!

RecipeGirl said...

I'm a big fan of Trader Joe's fresh squeezed tangerine juice. Tangerine juice in a cookie? Never thought to use it, but it sounds wonderful.

Sarah said...

I love the idea of citrus-y cookies. So refreshing!

Anonymous said...

These sound quite refreshing! Probably dangerous, too. Like, how do I just eat one, or two...

I haven't seen the movie, but with a comment like that, now I have to.

Anonymous said...

I think this was a perfect substitution. I love the name too...

Patricia Scarpin said...

Lynn, have you seen "Miami Vice"? He is sooooo sexy on that movie! :)

Veronica, thank you for stopping by!

Sophie, these were frosted but they don't look like it, I know.

Linda, I love tangerine too - one of my favorite juices!

Marianna, I always prefer metric, too, but will post it both ways whenever possible. :)

Mark, there will be many more links to imdb, you bet! :)
I usually check the movie's directors - many great movies are not well publicized, while other craps get all the attention. :)
I think that both lime and lemon would be great here, great idea!

Emily Rose, I couldn't agree with you more - it's a masterpiece, indeed.

Joey, do so!

Katie, you should! ;)

A Fork full..., thank you!

Mindy, querida, my list is long, too, if it's any consolation. And you keep posting those delicious recipes with lemon, how can I resist?? :)

Lucy, thank you!!

Mary, it's spring here, so I'm in this kind of mood. ;)

Snooky Doodle, they are very light!

Vanille, hahahaha, let's keep that under wraps. ;)

Alexa, thank you!

Lydia, I can't go on without anything citrus around here, you know. ;)
Thank you!

Leonor, I agree with you and it's a shame, because tangerines are delicious and fresh!
Thank you!

Lorraine, and they are not hard to make!

Anh, I know once you start baking cookies I'll be begging you to send some my way. ;)

Lauren, thank you for stopping by!

Emiline, and fun to eat. ;)

Deeba, sweetie, when they show up, enjoy them as much as you can!

Recipe Girl, I love tangerine juice, too!

Sarah, very refreshing and summery.

Kelly, I know - I had to give them away. Dangerous little things. ;)

Cathy, thank you, darling!

Abitofafoodie said...

These look so lovely - such a prettily pale colour and I love the idea of using tangerine. Delicious.

Deborah said...

what a great cookie! I have substituted lemons/limes/oranges before, but never thought to throw tangerines into that mix!

Hedonistin said...

I baked these cookies (with a slight modification: I used more juice and cooked/reduced it, to enhance the flavor), and they are wonderful! Thanks for the great recipe!

Jami said...

Patricia, these look beautiful. Just a quick technical note. I clicked on the other (lime) recipe, and at her site, I clicked on the SmittenKitchen version. Both call for 1 cup of powdered sugar DIVIDED though they don't write it that way. They beat the butter with 1/3 cup of the powdered sugar, and then use the other 2/3 cup of pwd sugar to toss the warm cookies. Which way did you bake them - with 1/3 cup or 1 cup sugar? Thanks! (PS I'm making lemon, since that's the only citrus I had on hand!)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Jami!
I was inspired by the recipe posted by Deb (Smitten Kitchen), but actually used another one (it's linked on the post as well).
Hope it helps!

Anonymous said...

Hi Patricia,

I made these cookies with my favorite variety of tangerines, Page mandarins. They were bursting with tangerine flavor and had a nice light texture. I made the frosting. To my taste, the cookies were just the right amount of sweet with the frosting and I liked that the frosting added more tangerine flavor.

My husband couldn't stop eating them even at the risk of ruining his appetite for dinner.

Thanks very much for sharing this delicious recipe.



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