1912 Orange Circles Recipe:
3 tablespoons butter 2/3 cup sugar Juice of 1 orange Grated rind of 1 orange Few grains of salt 1 3/4 cups flour 1. Put butter and grated rind in a bowl and work until creamy using a wooden spoon. 2. Add sugar gradually, continuing the beating; then add salt, orange juice, and flour, a little at a time. 3. Toss on a floured board, pat and roll to 1/8" thickness. 5. Shape with a circular cutter, first dipped in flour, put on a sheet covered with a buttered paper and bake in a moderate oven.* *Bake for 10 mins in a 350 degree oven. Let the cookies cool in the tray for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
I made the all the clothes I'm wearing in this video (including the corset!) using historically appropriate techniques and textiles. This outfit represents what a kitchen maid in the early 1900s may have worn when making this exact recipe.
Notes on the recipe: this recipe produces a light, citrus-y cookie that is perfect with afternoon tea. The batch made about 15 cookies; yield will vary based on the size of cutter you use. I used salted butter, so I omitted the salt from my batch.