nutritional information

Per Cookie:

  • Calories: 68
  • Protein: <1 g
  • Total Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 34 mg
  • Fiber: <1 g
  • Sugar: 5 g
Vegan

Orange-Pecan Squares

Orange-Pecan Squares

Makes 42 cookies

Patting cookie dough into rectangular–not circular–logs produces sharp-cornered cookies that look like they were made in a bakery. The dough for these elegant squares is not too sweet, so the flavors aren't overwhelmed by a confectioners' sugar glaze.
  • 1 Tbs. flaxseed meal
  • ½ cup pecans or pecan pieces
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. grated orange zest, plus more for garnish, optional
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 oz. (1 stick) margarine, softened
  • 1–2 Tbs. fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1. Combine flaxseed and 2 Tbs. water in bowl. Set aside.

2. Grind pecans into fine meal in food processor. Transfer to bowl, and whisk in flour, orange zest, and salt. Set aside.

3. Cream together sugar and margarine with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add flaxseed mixture, and beat until smooth. Beat in flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time until smooth dough forms.

4. Divide dough in half. Transfer each dough half to large sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper. Use plastic wrap to shape dough into 2 1 1/2- x 1-inch logs; flatten sides of logs with side of large knife or spatula. Wrap tightly, and chill 2 hours, or overnight.

5. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Slice each dough log into 3/8-inch-thick slices, and transfer slices to greased or parchment paper–lined baking sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until cookies are brown on bottoms.

6. Whisk enough orange juice into confectioners’ sugar in bowl to make thick glaze. Spread glaze onto each cookie with pastry brush while hot. Cool on baking sheets. Sprinkle with orange zest, if using.

December 2011 p.74

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comments

What's up with margarine I thought we were over it.

Clara - 2014-01-28 08:19:30

Love, love, love these. Easy to make, can't stop eating them......it would help if I would remove them from my desk. My co-workers like them too.

Cheryl - 2013-03-11 15:18:50

Turned out great, and my husband and I loved them. They look fancy because of the glaze but are easy to make.

PB - 2013-01-16 14:25:25

I have made these 2 years in a row for Cookie Exchange and they are a huge hit each time!! THANK YOU!

Jules - 2013-01-09 05:15:13

Hi June, Try with applesauce, haven´t tried yet but it is a good substitute in cakes! Claudia

Claudia - 2012-12-28 03:26:50

Is there anything you can use instead of the margarine? I'd use Earth Balance (vegan) spread, but still don't want to use that much of it. Any ideas please? June S.

June Siegel - 2012-12-05 02:48:40