Makes 24-26 cookies:
For the dough:
4 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup vegetable oil
½ cup sugar
½ cup orange juice
Zest of 2 oranges
For the syrup:
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
2 cups honey
For the garnish:
¾ cup ground walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, 177 degrees Celsius.
Place the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and orange zest into a bowl. Whisk together to combine.
Always zest citrus before juicing.
Combine the oil, sugar, and orange juice in the bowl of a table top mixer with the paddle attachment and mix to combine.
Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until the dough comes together. It will still appear a bit crumbly but you will know it is ready by squeezing a portion in your palm. If it sticks together it is ready, if it still appears crumbly add 1-2 tablespoons oil and mix some more.
Turn the dough out onto a work surface, compress it and form a circle. Roll out to ½ inch in thickness. Do not use any additional flour to do this.
Using a 2 and ¼ inch round cookie cutter, cut out the cookies. Place them on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Use a fork to make marks on each cookie.
Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
While the cookies are baking make the syrup. Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add the honey. Stir until incorporated.
As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, put them all together in one of the trays and pour the hot syrup over them.
After 30 minutes, carefully flip each cookie over so that both sides absorb the syrup. Allow the cookies to absorb the syrup in the pan for at least 2 hours.
Combine the ground walnuts, cinnamon and clove powder and mix well. Sprinkle this garnish over each cookie and serve!
These stay fresh in an airtight container up to 3 weeks.
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