I am always looking for good cookie/dessert recipes online and came across this outstanding recipe. A Paula Deen creation, posted on Paula's Best Dishes in the episode 'Real Men Cook'. This is my version of her original recipe of Orange Toffee Almond Sandies.
If you love orange flavors you will love this cookie with great texture, flaky, crunchy and since toffee chips were hard to find I left it out. It makes a rather large batch of cookies and was a big hit with my co workers.
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons orange zest
2 cups Chopped pecans
Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl, add the butter, oil and the sugars. Using a hand-held mixer, beat until combined. Beat in the extracts. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt in a
separate bowl. Gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in orange zest, almonds and toffee bits.
Drop by teaspoonfuls, 2-inches apart, onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven to a wire rack to cool before serving.