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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: December 1, 2012

Auntie Anna’s Sugar Cookies with Orange Frosting: Finalist

Written by: Susan Axelrod

Submitted by Donna Spiers

4 cups flour
1 teapoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teapoon nutmeg
1 cup soft butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Sift flour with baking powder, soda, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.

Beat butter, sugar and egg until light and fluffy.

At low speed of electric mixer, beat in sour cream and vanilla until smooth.

Gradually add flour mixture, beating until well combined.

With rubber scraper, form dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper, refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Divide dough into 4 parts. Refrigerate until ready to roll out.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375F degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets, or use parchment paper, or a Silpat.

On well floured surface, roll dough, one part at a time, 1/4″ thick.

With floured cookie cutter cut cookies. Place 2″ apart on cookie sheets.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden. Remove to wire rack, cool. Frost and sprinkles.

1 box (1 lb.) powdered sugar, sifted
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
Grated rind of 1 orange
Fresh squeezed juice from 1 orange

Cream butter in electric mixer, add powdered sugar, orange rind, and orange juice.

Frost cookies and decorate with your favorite sprinkles, chopped nuts, etc.

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