With this post, you are probably thinking I may have gone overboard (already) on strawberries, and it's only the start of the season...While I don't think you can really go overboard on fresh fruit coming into season, I may be pushing the envelope a little.
But, I couldn't help myself. I'm trying to eat lighter and healthier, but strawberries always call my name - just when I'm limiting my sweet stuff intake, they are much louder...and, of course, they are fruit, so they are healthy, right???
This year, for Easter, instead of my perfect coconut cake, I decided to make a tray of cookies for dessert. It just seemed to me the traditional ham, potatoes au gratin, roast asparagus, green salad, and Hawaiian Rolls was a bit of a heavy dinner. So, I wanted a dessert on the lighter side. My family is a bunch of cookie monsters, so they didn't complain. Well, that, and they could sneak cookies off the tray when I wasn't looking before dinner...can't do that with a cake!
So, this was the perfect opportunity to try incorporating some fresh fruit into cookies and see how it turned out. I've been thinking of this since I posted my Pineapple-Mango Oatmeal Cookies, and really wanting to try these out.
This is pictures of my first batch. I don't have pictures of my second batch - they were devoured too quickly. The addition of the orange glaze, suggested by my SIL, were the clincher that made these go from good to have to eat all of them now status.
I did want to mention my use of orange here. I'm surprised I don't see more strawberry items mixed with orange. Maybe it's just an old flavor combination, but it's a combination I really like. If you are looking for something to compliment your strawberry flavor, I suggest you use orange. I used fresh juice for my cookies, but you can use orange liqueur if you have it around. I added strawberry jam in the cookies to boost up the strawberry flavor. I like fruit desserts that have the fruit in different states of cooked - gently heated, cooked well (the jam), etc. It gives you more of a strawberry experience...Can't wait for raspberry season so I can try raspberry cookies like this...maybe with chocolate in the batter...may have to try that now, though!
For a .pdf of the recipe, click here. Enjoy the fresh strawberries while you can!
Fresh Strawberry Orange Cookies with Orange Glaze
For the cookies:
1/3 c. low sugar strawberry jam
½ c. sugar
½ c. butter, softened
1 T. orange juice
½ t. fresh orange zest
2 c. flour
½ t. baking powder
2/3 c. diced strawberries
Preheat oven to 325. In a medium size bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add strawberry jam, egg, orange juice, orange zest, and any liquid from the strawberries. Stir in flour and baking powder, then fold in the strawberries. Dough may appear a bit dry, but that’s OK, the strawberries will add a bit more moisture.
Drop by tablespoon full on a cookie sheet, spacing about 1” apart. The cookies will spread a little, but not a great deal. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until just lightly brown. Let cool on cookie sheet. Glaze with orange glaze, if desired.
For the glaze:
1 T. orange juice
1 c. powdered sugar
Stir orange juice and sugar together. If mixture isn’t thin enough to drizzle, add water, 1 drop at a time until you can easily glaze cookies.