Friday, February 19, 2010

Absolut Mandrin Dreamsicle Cookies



It was an orange day. I ran across some beautiful mandarin type oranges at the Co-op, Dishboy Scott called and told me about the Absolut Mandrin Vodka he purchased (which I promptly broke into his house and borrowed from him), and I spotted an orange cake mix at Safeway. I figured maybe I could throw everything together into one recipe. So here it is.

These cookies are so yummy. Any type of orange should work fine, so please don’t let that stop you from making these.

You can have your vodka back now Scott. Sorry about the thievery. Can I make it up to you with a cookie?

Absolut Mandrin Dreamsicle Cookies


1 cup sweetened plain jarred applesauce

1/3 cup butter, softened

2 large eggs

¼ cup milk

¼ cup Absolute Mandrin Vodka

1 (18.25 ounce) package Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Orange Supreme cake mix

1 ½ cups unbleached flour


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment.


2. Beat together the applesauce, softened butter and eggs. Then add the milk, vodka, and cake mix and beat until well mixed. Add the flour and beat until just combined.


3. Scoop with a standard (size 50) cookie scoop and drop onto parchment 1 ½ inches apart. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes until lightly golden on the bottom. Rest on cookie sheet for 2 minutes and move to cooling rack.


4. Once cool, make the frosting (recipe below) and decorate as desired.


Makes 60 cookies

Orange Vanilla Frosting

½ cup unsalted butter, softened

Zest of 1 mandarin orange

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 tablespoons juice from a mandarin orange

2 teaspoons Absolut Mandrin Vodka

¼ cup milk

Pinch of salt

5 cups powdered sugar


1. Beat all the ingredients together until smooth and fluffy. Frost Cookies as desired.


Recipe and photographs by Laura Flowers



31 comments:

Sue Sparks said...

Laura,
I just returned from Nebraska where it was FREEZING, so these cookies look sunny and dreamy. Love how they are illuminated by the sunlight:)

bridget {bake at 350} said...

I made frosted orange cookies today, too! Great minds think alike! Mine didn't have Vodka, though. Darn.

april said...

Oh, goodness, these sound delicious and even seem like I could make them (I am SO not a baker). I'll have to give them a shot. You had me at vodka.

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

Yummmm - it's so good to have you back posting these amazing recipes! At first I thought the vodka you borrowed was for your own personal enjoyment, until I finished reading the recipe! Either way - good idea.
Susan

Chocolate Shavings said...

Those look amazing!!

ButterYum said...

Only you can throw together a bunch of ingredients with reckless abandon and actually get a decent baked good in the end. Bravo!

:)
ButterYum

Fresh Local and Best said...

Cookies spiked with vodka? I'm there!

Mimi said...

I think step 1. should read: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment, pour and enjoy a shot of the vodka. In fact you could add this simple phrase to each step of the process.
The cookies do sound fantastic.
Mimi

Trissa said...

Heehee... happy for you to steal vodka from me anytime in exchange for your beautiful cookies!

Chef Fresco said...

I must say - I have never heard of vodka in cookies! They look so tasty!

notyet100 said...

i feel like pickin one,..:-)

Memória said...

What's up with you and Vodka these days? hahaha j/k These cookies are so pretty. I love the idea of icing on the cookies. YUM!

Lori R. said...

Ohhh, can't wait to try these! I think I will try using orange liquier instead (have it on hand)..thanks!

Veronica M. said...

I'd love to include these in my cookie rotation for Cookie Mondays but we haven't had orange cake mix in KS for years. I really miss it but don't want to pay to have it shipped in bulk from Amazon. What would you do if you didn't have the cake mix to start with?

Coleen's Recipes said...

orange-mania struck all the way here in Alaska too!! I made an orange poppy seed pound cake today...thats funny. Your cookies look excellent.

Coleen's Recipes said...

orange-mania struck here in Alaska too...I made an orange pound cake today!! Your cookies look excellent.

Federica said...

ciao!! questi biscottini sono irresistibili!!! baci!!!! ciao!!

l'optimiste said...

woo hoo! you won!! you won!!congrats!

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xxx

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Yum, yum! I do believe surely you will be forgiven of your thievery if you share these fabulous looking treats! I adore orange cookies. This is such a unique combination, I can't wait to try it!

shaz said...

HI LAura, Here's my something new that I learnt today: never realised you could make cookies from cake mix! You've got such cool friends, and who wouldn't be delighted with a cookie thank you :)

Vrinda said...

Yummy and flavorful cookies...

Leslie said...

Spotted these on Tastespotting. They look amazing!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Veronica,

I got to thinking about how you could make those. Try using a white cake mix and add some orange extract and a very small amount of orange food coloring if you want them orange.

I think they'll turn out pretty similar.

Laura

Cathy said...

Dreamsicles were my favorite treat when I was a child. Starting with a mix makes these yummy cookies a quick and easy dessert. Now you've got me thinking "dreamsicle," so I better whip up a batch.

Jeanne said...

Cookies from cake batter? That's new to me! They sound amazing, especially with the vodka!

Pink Little Cake said...

Your cookies look delicious, I love the frosting ingredients!

Robin H said...

will do Laura :-)

Robin H said...

This recipe is amazing, I tried to leave a comment earlier, but I think it disappeare...anywhos, like I was saying, the stores are finally restocking the orange cake mixes around here now, yeah! and the next time we drive to the "wet" county, I will look for that orange vodka! yes, I said "wet" we live in a dry county here in Texas :-)

lostpastremembered said...

Boozy cookies? sign me up.. they look fab!!!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

You're such a creative cook/baker, Laura! Such a great combination of flavors that would bring me right back to my childhood if it weren't for the booze 8).

Southern Cookbook said...

These look wonderful! You know the Orange vodka sounds good to...Lol

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