Hello everyone and welcome to another exciting fantastic feast — or in this case, a fantastic failure. I mean. It happens, we all know that but I was hoping for nothing but family support instead of family greed that pretty much sped this project towards its doom.
So what was it that I was up to that ended up in a less-than-stellar recipe fail? Well, in the spirit of giving and I tried to make a batch of cookies to give out to my friends during the holidays, but alas, meddlesome families will be meddlesome families and they will end up eating all of the product before it actually, you know, manages to get to the photoshoot. But hey, at least they’d do old Larfleeze proud with their greedy fingers – which leads us to what I was trying to make in the first place: Larfleeze’s Christmas special cookies!
For those of you who don’t know, or keep up with the Green Lantern series, Larfleeze is an Orange Lantern whose emotional spectrum ring represents “avarice” or “greed”. While I am not as well-versed in Green Lantern lore as say silverwolf, from my first encounter with Larfleeze in his own infamous Christmas special; he’s essentially a greedy soul who learns about the human Christmas holiday and at first wanted Santa to grant his every wish. When Santa did not deliver an enraged Larfleeze promptly goes on a rampage, attacking every costumed Santa Claus to hilarious results but then in true Christmas-special-“Spirit-of-giving”-plot-point, Hal Jordan tricks Larfleeze into being a charitable and giving instead of hell-bent on revenge.
Overall, the Christmas special is rather funny, but what intrigued me most about this holiday special was the cookie recipe that came with it.
Of course, my eagerness to try it out stymied after a bit of Internet research. Other attempts have yielded mixed responses to the cookies — which, if you look at the actual recipe list are pretty jarring hints to their uh, edibility. White chocolate chunks and orange concentrate did not sit well with me; I assume because Larfleeze is an Orange Lantern that an orange flavored cookie was the way to go.
But there is a stark difference between a tasty orange cookie, and one that was too overpowered by orange concentrate and unnecessary sugar.
Fortunately, I have a reliable orange cookie recipe — and the plan was all a simple matter of baking up the cookies with a more palatable recipe, and then decorating them. Couldn’t be too hard, no?
Recipe for reliable orange cookies – adapted from Brown-Eyed Baker
Cast of Characters
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2-4 tablespoons orange zest
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice — you can use the oranges you just zested, don’t waste food!
- 1 egg
A note about zesting: Zest is the skin of the fruit that you basically strip away with neat tools like, a microplane, or the smallest holes on a cheese grater if need be — orange zest adds a nice tang and it is fresh orange zest plus the extra orange juice that will give these cookies their strong orange flavor. Honestly, I don’t know why the original recipe insisted on concentrate, as zesting is an easy enough practice!
Depending on how much you like the taste of oranges, add as much, or as little zest as you want; I wanted to do Larfleeze proud so I added about 4 tablespoons of orange zest instead
In addition, when looking for a good orange to use — give it a sniff. If you smell a pungent orange scent, you’re good; also make sure that it’s not too squishy when you pick it up!
Alright, now that that’s out of the way — let’s actually start on these cookies!
1. First preheat your oven to 350 degrees…
2. Next, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the the sugar and orange zest — and, this is a trick I picked up– then rub them together with your fingers until the zest is completely incorporated into the sugar. It might feel a little funny, but this is a good way to infuse the orange and sugar mixture for the next step for an added boost of flavor.
4. Now grab an electric mixer and on medium speed cream together the butter and the orange zest-sugar-mix until light and fluffy, for about 3 minutes. Next add the egg, orange juice, and mix with the electric mixer until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
5. Now reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. I did it in three movements, one third of the dry mix it for a sec, then the next, and the next; try not to overmix it. If the dough seems a little on the soft side, refrigerate it for up to 30 minutes.
6. Finally, use a spoon, a cookie scoop, or even an ice-cream scoop to scoop out the dough and roll them into balls, placing them 2 inches apart on your cookie sheets.
7. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until very lightly browned around the edges, but still pale in the middle. Take ’em out and let them cool for about 5 to 10 minutes on the sheet, then move them to a cooling rack to cool completely. This recipe makes about two-three cookie sheet’s worth of orangey goodness, depending on how large you size up your balls.
And now you’re done – yay! Now the next step in the process to really make them like Larfleeze’s cookies is to take some frosting, and some icing gel (Hopefully orange colored if you can find it) and with a flurry of frosting and gel create Larfleeze’s Orange Lantern symbol onto your cookies that actually taste like oranges and not orange concentrate!
Also the white chocolate chips was kind of a bad idea. But I digress.
:’D Sadly, as this is a bit of a fail on my part, I didn’t tell my family not to touch them and in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle … They ended up disappearing. Unfrosted they were delicious, or so say those greedy few who gobbled them up while I went out carousing with friends, so I’ll take their word on it!
It’s a cookie with a bit of a delicate crumb, but a satisfyingly strong orange flavor — so if you want to try to emulate your inner Larfleeze but want to skip out on the concentrated sweetener give this recipe a try!
Annnnd that is it for this not-so-exciting
failure feature of Fantastic Feasts and Where to Find Them — tune in next time for another foray into the world of fantasy treats brought to life (or well, sort of) before your eyes!