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    Recipe: Rectangular, orange-flavored shortbread are decorated with icing and colored nonpareils

    Iced orange shortbread
    Karoline Boehm Goodnick for The Boston Globe
    Iced orange shortbread

    Makes 24 cookies

    Shape shortbread dough into bricks, then wrap and refrigerate to slice later (you can chill it for up to 2 days). Decorate the rectangular, orange-flavored cookies with icing and colored nonpareils.

    SHORTBREAD

    cups flour
    ¼teaspoon salt
    Grated rind of 2 large navel oranges
    10tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
    ¼cup confectioners’ sugar
    ¼cup granulated sugar
    1egg yolk
    Extra flour (for sprinkling)

    1. In a bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and orange rind to blend them.

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    2. In an electric mixer, beat the butter with the confectioners’ and granulated sugars until well blended. Beat in the yolk. With the mixer set on its lowest speed, blend in the flour mixture. It will be crumbly at first but continue beating until it comes together to form a dough.

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    3. On a lightly floured counter, divide the dough in half. Shape each into a brick that is about 5 inches long and 1¾ inches wide. Wrap each in foil. Chill for 2 hours or until firm.

    4. Set the oven at 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

    5. With a sharp knife, cut each brick into -inch slices. Arrange them on the parchment about 1½ inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges are golden. Transfer the sheets to wire racks to cool. Remove the shortbread from the parchment paper and set the rectangles directly on the rack.

    ICING

    1cup confectioners’ sugar
    4teaspoons water, or more if needed
    Multicolored nonpareils (for sprinkling)

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    1. In a bowl, sift the confectioners’ sugar. Whisk in the 4 teaspoons water until the mixture is smooth. If necessary, add more water, a few drops at a time.

    2. With a small spatula, spread the icing over the tops of the cookies, leaving a narrow border on all sides. Sprinkle with nonpareils. Leave until set. Jean Kressy

    Jean Kressy can be reached at jeankressy@comcast.net.