The Great Cookie Experiment – Marmalade Chews

HAPPY JULY 4th!  May your holiday be safe and your loved ones close.  Here at Cornaby’s we’re definitely grateful for where we live and the freedoms we enjoy.

The Great Cookie Experiment – Marmalade Chews

 This was one tasty, but weird cookie.

Imagine for a moment taking some standard jelly, spooning it in blobs on a cookie sheet, and baking it for ten minutes.  Think about what the texture would turn into.  The jelly would caramelize, and  kind of solidify into a gummy texture.  It still tastes great, but it’s not really jelly anymore- it’s more like a warm gummy bear.

This recipe has you add orange marmalade directly to the cookie dough, and the resulting cookie is chewy—in a jujube, solidified jelly kind of way.  It’s tasty, and people like them, but the texture is strange and not like your typical cookie.

That being said, this is still a good cookie.  Texture differences aside, it’s got a great orange flavor, and is nice and sweet.  It’s not my favorite orange cookie, but it’s a pretty good one, and I think they are worth a try.  They make a ton, too, so plan to share.

Marmalade Chews

Marmalade Chews

¼ cup shortening

½ cup sugar

1 egg

1 ½ cups flour

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

½ cup orange marmalade

½ cup chopped pecans (optional- I didn’t use them)

Okay, so these instructions are made up by me based on making a gazillion cookies in the past.  The actual recipe doesn’t have instructions, so it’s a mystery as to how they are really made.  My GUESS is, cream the sugar and shortening.  Stir in eggs.  Mix together flour, baking soda and salt.  Add to creamed mixture.  Mix in marmalade and pecans, if desired.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.  For frosting, mix ingredients, adding just enough orange juice to make it spreadable.  Frost on cooled cookies.  Makes a ton.

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