Friday, October 26, 2012

3rd Annual Fiskateers ORANGE Blog Hop

Welcome to the 3rd annual Fiskateers ORANGE Blog Hop!  This weekend we are celebrating Fiskars' signature color, ORANGE.  Almost everyone is familiar with Fiskars' famous orange-handled scissors, but Fiskars makes so many other wonderful products for crafting, sewing, gardening, and more.  Each stop along our Hop will feature different Fiskars' products with a big helping of ORANGE.


Cindy #4113   www.cindyderosier.com   *YOU ARE HERE*
Groovy Deb #2644   www.ifitsgroovy.blogspot.com
Jennifer Ashley #6361   www.asecretvintage.blogspot.com
Sue in CT #6150   www.sueinct.blogspot.com
Emily K #7021   http://emily.kincke.com
Pamela #8040   www.cottagebelow.com
BerylM #6388   www.berylmorgan.com
Marianne #6701   www.number1aunt.blogspot.com


When I thought about what to make for an ORANGE Blog Hop, my thoughts immediately went to, well, oranges!  


We have a very prolific orange tree in our backyard.  At any given time, there are ripe oranges hanging there ready to be eaten.  Consequently, I've tried a lot of recipes over the years using our beautiful oranges, including orange sorbet, orange sherbet, and cupcakes baked in an orange.

By far, the strangest recipe I've tried was for an orange bread made with a whole orange... including the peel.  It actually turned out to be really tasty!  It was so good that I decided to see if there were other recipes out there using a whole orange, including the peel.  After a quick search, I found several different cookie recipes.  I read through them, made some notes, and set out to make my own version.    

I grabbed an orange from the tree.  One quirk about our tree... the oranges range in size from small to gigantic for no apparent reason.  This orange was huge!  I couldn't fit my hands around it.  Check it out next to the baking powder container.
 
I cut the orange into chunks and put those in the blender.  

 
After a quick whirr, I had this: 
 
I measured out 1 1/2 cups of the blended liquid to use in my cookies and set the rest aside to make a glaze.  


Orange Cookies

                    1 whole orange, including peel             3 c. flour
                    1 c. shortening                                     1 tsp. baking soda
                    1 1/2 c. sugar                                      1 T. baking powder
                    1/2 c. milk                                          1/2 t. salt
                    2 tsp. vanilla extract                            1/2 c. powdered sugar

Begin by washing the orange.  Cut it into chunks, removing any seeds.  Do not remove the peel!  Put the orange chunks into a blender and process until smooth.  Measure out 1 1/2 c. orange puree and set aside. 

Combine shortening and sugar.  Mix until light.  Stir in milk, vanilla and orange puree.  Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Let dough sit while the oven preheats to 400° F.  Drop onto cookie sheets and bake for 7-8 minutes.  Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Mix powdered sugar with a small amount of reserved orange puree to make a glaze.  Drizzle over the cookies.


 
I put some of the cookies on a plate to take to a potluck.  I set the rest aside and headed to the craftroom.  I got out 1/4 inch ribbon, some Fiskars stamps, a stamp block and black ink.  

 
I stamped the word friend across the length of the ribbon.

 
I tied the ribbon around the bag.  Then I made a quick tag with a Fiskars' thank you stamp, then added an orange flower and brad.  All ready to give to a special friend!



I hope this got you in an ORANGE mood!  Now hop along to the next stop, If It's Groovy

48 comments:

  1. Soooooooooo YUMMY and love love love love the treat bag!!!!

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  2. A cute treat bag to go with such wonderful cookies!

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  3. YUM!!! Was not expecting so see cookies....Now I want some LOL>..Wonderful project Cindy. Love the treat bags. too cute.

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  4. Very clever Cindy! Cute ribbon and the cookies sound great. Now, if I just had an orange tree. LOL!

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  5. Oooh, I love having a fresh orange everyday as a snack in the summer. It's just so refreshing on a hot day. I love the recipe, and was very surprised about using the whole peel. Love the way you bagged the cookies up. Too cute. Will have to try this recipe. Thanks!

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  6. Orange cookies for breakfast sounds like a great way to start out this blog hop! Cute bag!

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  7. Sounds yummy and love the orange ribbon.

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  8. I am going to send a link of this post to my daughter who lives in AZ. She has an Orange Tree (also a grapefruit, lemon and lime tree too) and I think she would love to try this recipe. So strange for me because she was raised in Wisconsin.

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  9. Your cookies look so yummy! I want the weather to cool down so I can start to bake too. BTW, thank you for reminding me that I can stamp on ribbon...I haven't stamped on ribbon in years. Your friend will be very happy to receive such a "sweet" treat.

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  10. I love orange cookies!!! Never thought to actually blend the whole orange... Gonna try that. Thanks for the inspiration. :) great treat bag as well. :)

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  11. how lucky to have your own orange tree!

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  12. So Perfect...I love oranges. I'll have to give this a try.

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  13. This is so beautiful Cindy. Great projects. Looks so yummy.
    Hugs, Rosalee #5977

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  14. Orange you Great! I will have to try out your cookie recipe!

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  15. I bet those are some good cookies.

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  16. Looks absolutely delicious. Love the creativity!

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  17. Love it! Now it is making me hungry. Great job!

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  18. I've never been where oranges grow, but it sure looks yummy!

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  19. Great post! I'm kind of averse to oranges, but a lot of times I suprise myself and like them in baked goods. I've never seen a recipe before that uses the bitter pith. How unusual!

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  20. The only thing I miss from living in a warm climate is the lemon and orange tress in the backyard! The cookies look delicious!

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  21. What a fun idea. I never knew there were so many recipes for oranges. Thanks for sharing and for the recipe.

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  22. Sounds very orange-y! My neighbor has a tree that hangs over our fence, so we sort of have an orange tree. ;)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Oh my!! Sounds yummy and you are so lucky to have an orange tree in your yard.

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  24. Mmmmm.... orange cookies and a cup of tea would sound really good right now. Thanks for the recipe. I just might try it over the weekend.

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  25. I love the orange cookies and had thought of making cookies for the neighbors Halloween treat. Just perfect as I have an orange tree with some oranges on them now!

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  26. Love the stamped message on the ribbon and what a wonderful treat made with fresh oranges....yum

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  27. Let me at those cookies. I love orange cookies. Your orange tree must be awesome! Cute finishing touch with the ribbon. Jean#8889

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  28. Your cookies look wonderful! Thanks for the recipe.

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  29. Yum! Those cookies look delicious and I'm lovin the orange-y bag!

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  30. Orange-a-licious cookies Cindy - what a fun and tasty project for the Orange Blog Hop :)
    Thank you for sharing your recipe and photos. Our lemon tree is similar to your orange tree but some years, when it gets super hot, the lemons drop off. Luckily it is full of fruit now and we will see what summer will do to the new fruit that it just starting to set.
    PS - I have been enjoying your adventures this year via FB but after visiting through your latest posts, I will definitely try to visit more often :)

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  31. Hmmmm....yummy! Love your treat bag. I love oranges...so cool to be able to grab a fresh one every day! :)

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  32. Wow! Love your creative treat and presentation! Stamping on ribbon--- I've never done that!

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  33. I love your sweet treat! How lucky you are to have your own orange tree. I love the stamping on the ribbon too.

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  34. I love the taste of oranges. I may have to try your recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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  35. Thanks for a great sounding recipe and how clever to stamp on the ribbon. I need to remember this trick. Love your packaging.

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  36. Great blog...I will use the recipe, it looks tasty.

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  37. I am so jealous that you have an orange tree! I love the smell of oranges and if I had a tree I know I would eat more of them too! Very cool idea to make up a little friendship in the bag :) Smart plan to use your stamps to make that ribbon have more personality too!!!

    Thanks for organizing the crop Cindy!!!
    Deb♥

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  38. you made a great sounding recipe and lovely gift presentation. I also liked the sound of your potato/leek soup. Perfect for this time of year...and maybe a cookie for dessert.

    Laura B.

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  39. When you started out with the cookies, I wondered where the Fiskars was going to come in and you did not disappoint!! The gift tag is so charming!! Got to try this recipe too!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

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  40. We have a lemon tree very much like your orange tree. I wish they were good to eat plain, like oranges are, but I find lemon recipes year round. I love making cookies, tarts, scones and curd and gifting them. I like your simple gift wrapping with the stamped ribbon. I've done that once before and forgot all about it! Thanks for the reminder and all the fun!

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  41. Thank you for the cookie recipe.My favorite sweets are tart ones and this one sounds delicious.

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  42. These sound really delicious and I like how you packaged them--so cute!

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  43. Sounds delicious. I would love to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. Cindy,

    Leave it to you to new a chef and be crafty all in the same post! Thank you for being such a terrific hostess for our blog hop!

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