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Orange Marmalade Cookies

by Chef Megan Joy on January 29, 2013

As you can see in the previous two posts, my kitchen has turned into a mini orange marmalade factory recently. I decided to experiment with some marmalade and utilize it in a cookie.

These came out great- they’re soft, buttery, tender, and filled with just the right amount of cheery, brightly-flavored homemade Seville Orange Marmalade. Of course, you can always substitute a good quality store-bought marmalade or even another flavor of jam.



I added a tiny dash of orange flower water to my dough. Orange flower water is used in a lot of Mediterranean recipes and has a very perfumed, floral note to it. A little bit goes a long way. If you can’t find it, feel free to substitute some orange-flavored liqueur or use a little more vanilla extract.

We’re in for a winter storm warning until Thursday. They’re forecasting 1-2 feet of snow. Hope everyone is keeping warm and having fun in the snow!



How to make this high altitude adjusted recipe:

Orange Marmalade Cookies
adapted from Martha Stewart Holiday Cookies 2001

Orange Marmalade Cookies
Recipe type: High Altitude Baking
  • 2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon orange flower water or 1½ teaspoons orange liqueur
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • About ⅔ cup orange marmalade
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the salt.
  3. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, until blended.
  4. Add the vanilla and orange flower water.
  5. Add the flour and baking powder all at once, and stir until the dough starts to come together into a ball.
  6. Divide the dough in half. Place one half on a sheet of parchment paper and cover with another sheet of parchment. Rolling half the dough at a time makes it easier to work with. The remaining half can be kept in the refrigerator until needed.
  7. Press the dough down with a rolling pin and roll between the two sheets of parchment paper to about ¼" thick.
  8. Using two circle cutters of different sizes, (I used 3¼" and 2¾" circles), cut out two circles using the larger cutter.
  9. Use the smaller cutter on one of the circles to make a ring.
  10. Place the large circle on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put the ring piece directly on top of it along the border to create a little well for filling the cookie with marmalade.
  11. Repeat with the remaining dough, gently re-rolling the scraps as well. Place the cookies about 1" apart on the baking sheet.
  12. Fill each cookie with a heaping teaspoon of marmalade.
  13. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  14. Bake the cookies for 12-13 minutes until the bottoms turn a light golden brown.
  15. The cookies will firm up a bit as they cool.
  16. Makes about 1½ dozen cookies, depending on the size.

Note: This recipe was adjusted from high altitude baking. To make at sea level, increase the baking powder to 1 1/2 teaspoons.

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kelley {mountain mama cooks} January 30, 2013 at 7:05 am

That cookie trick to make a little pocket is genius. The citrus has been so great this winter, I love the idea of preserving it!


Chef Megan Joy February 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I love winter citrus too! I have been on a preserving kick lately. Makes the kitchen smell warm and cheery!


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