|Panda Cookies, so cute!|
|Panda faces, adorbs.|
Yield: 2 Dozen Panda Cookies
2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 1/2 cups King Arthur All Purpose Flour
1/8 teaspoon Coarse Salt
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
Zest of 1 Orange (I used a Navel Orange)
1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened and cut into cubes
1 Large Egg
1 1/2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
|Panda Cookies, close-up|
|Panda Cookies - you can see the orange zest|
Cream butter in a hand held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment on medium speed until fluffy; 1-2 minutes. Do not over mix.
Scrape sides of bowl with spatula and mix for 5 seconds.
Add egg, vanilla extract, orange zest and mix until incorporated. Do not over mix.
Scrape sides of bowl and mix for 5 seconds.
With mixer on low speed, add salt and slowly add the flour until incorporated. The dough is ready when it begins to clump around the paddle attachment.
Cut dough in half.
|On wire racks cooling|
Take the chocolate dough leaving the vanilla orange dough in the fridge until ready to use.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Use two sheets of parchment paper and place chocolate dough in between, and roll with rolling pin until desired thickness is reached.
Dip panda cutters in flour, shake off excess, and make several shapes with the 3 different body cutters, and then use the panda face cutter. Place onto cookies sheets lined with parchment paper. Repeat until you use up the dough.
|Panda Cookie Cutter Set|
Take the panda face cutter and the 4 face imprints and dip them in flour, shake off excess, and make the face imprints pressing gently into the dough. Then use the face cutter over the imprints, centering it over the face imprint, and then pressing firmly into the dough to make the face shapes. Place the vanilla orange faces over the chocolate dough. Use a brush to gently remove any flour on the dough. Repeat until you have used up all the dough.
If the dough begins to stick, place the rolled out dough in between the parchment paper in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up. I had to do this a few times since this is labor intensive cookie project. The face imprints will stick if the dough is at room temperature so keep the dough cold.
|Panda Cutter Set, close up|
|Close-up of Panda Faces, 2 of the Panda Body Cutters|
Bake 8-13 minutes or until the edges have barely browned. My cookies baked in 13 minutes. Keep an eye so they do not over bake and brown. You want the vanilla orange cookies to be as light in color as possible. In my cookies, you can see the orange zest. I like the way that looks, but you can omit this and just add 1 teaspoon of orange extract and reduce the vanilla extract to 1/2 teaspoon.
Wait 5 minutes before transferring cookies on wire racks to complete cooling.
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