Our trip back to Point Hope, Alaska, went like clockwork – Swiss clockwork at that. The taxi driver arrived at our storage unit (where we’d spent the night in our camper) ten minutes early and was driving a van which easily held our eight coolers loaded with this summer’s catch. Traveling with eight coolers always fills me with a bit of trepidation; you can imagine the “what if” scenarios that run through our heads for this trip. So we plan for the worst and hope for the best.
Up in Point Hope, our big freezer is now stocked for the year while we wait for about a thousand pounds of dry goods we carefully packed and mailed to arrive via the U.S. Postal service.
“Waiting” is not something I enjoy. “Doing” is much more fun. After finding a half of a jar of marmalade in the refrigerator, I decided conducting a cookie experiment would be much more fun than sitting around waiting for groceries to arrive. The results? Orange-flavored cookies. The chocolate added a layer of flavor that complimented the orange tang.
Orange Marmalade Cookies (makes 3 dozen)
- 2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (can substitute with 2 eggs)
- 12 tbsp orange marmalade
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
- Add applesauce and marmalade and mix thoroughly.
- In a separate bowl, sift together flour and baking powder.
- Mix in flour mixture to butter mixture until just blended.
- Drop dough by tablespoons onto parchment-covered cookie sheets. Leave at least one inch between cookies.
- Bake until cookies spread slightly and are lightly browned (about 10 minutes).
- Cool cookies completely on wire rack.
- Drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired. (I used semi-sweet chocolate chips.)