I just realized that I didn't share the recipe I made last year for the cookie swap. It is an Orange Butter Cookie from Paula Deen's Holiday Baking magazine.
Makes about 7 dozen
1 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tbs orange zest
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tbs baking powder
1 egg yolk
1 tbs water
Preheat oven to 375. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, beat butter and oil at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add sugar, beating until fluffy. Beat in eggs and orange zest until combined.
In a medium bowl combine flour and baking powder. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until combined.
Roll dough into 3x1/2 inch ropes. Fold dough in half and twist. Place cookies on prepared baking sheets.
In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolk and water. Brush egg mixture over cookies. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
These tasted great, but it was a warm and humid day here in Florida when I made them. They spread a lot. Next time I might chill the dough first.