Citrus Glitter Cookies

I have decided that if I start baking with summery flavours I will be able to summon spring time. It seems to be working as it is finally above freezing! Only by about a degree but still!
We are all just so tired of the cold and the snow over here.
Do I decided to bake something light and fluffy and a little bit sparkly. I also made myself a summer like gin sour cocktail last night, it would have been better enjoyed on a patio but I’m working with what I’ve got here!
This is one of those recipes where my end result doesn’t look anything like the end result in the book. This particular recipe comes from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie jar. I didn’t have the right kind of sugar to roll them in and I also didn’t properly flatten them, but I like how mine turned out just fine. Regular granulated sugar gives them enough sparkle and you can see the lemon and orange zest peeking through with little bursts of colour.
It’s a cold, grey Saturday morning here in Toronto without so much as a beam of sunlight. So I decided it was a full pot of tea kind of day. Cookies and tea are meant to go together. A couple of years ago I started drinking almost exclusively loose leaf tea from shops around Toronto such as the larger David’s tea and with the exclusive on Tetley that just came out I’m glad I made that choice. I have a box of Tetley on my tea shelf (what doesn’t everyone have a shelf in their kitchen devoted exclusively to tea?) that is looking at me with an accusatory stare. But I didn’t know!
I do try and shop local, this honey came from an awesome Winter Farmer’s Market and is incredibly delicious. I hope that you all get to have a relaxing Saturday with tea and cookies, maybe an afternoon cocktail? Bake with citrus! Let’s bring Spring back together!
Citrus Glitter Cookies
3 to 4 tbl coarse sugar (or if you have none granulated sugar)
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup soy milk
2 tbl finely grated citrus zest (I used lemon and orange)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tbl fine ground cornmeal
1 tbl cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350
Grease a baking sheet and set aside
In your stand mixer cream together the shortening and sugar on medium
Mix in the milk, zest and vanilla
Add the remaining ingredients until a soft pliable dough forms
It may be crumbly but should come together when you work it with your hands
Roll the dough into balls about a tbl spoon size and dip one side in the coarse sugar
Place on the baking sheet (non-sugared side down)
Bake for 10-12min

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