Sunshine Bites

I originally saw this recipe in a Taste of Home Cookbook but it was all cinnamon and spice. Today the sun came out for the first time in forever. Being in Texas...well, we love our sun. I was inspired to go citrus with this cookie. The cereal gave it a little crunch but they were still soft on the inside. Loved the orange and lemon.
1 1/3 c flour
1 c crushed rice crispy cereal
2 tbsp + 1/2 c sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c butter flavored shortening
1/2 c milk
1 tsp lemon or orange extract
2 tsp grated citrus peel
1/4 c butter, melted
  Mix flour, crushed cereal, sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Cut in your shortening  and 1 tsp of grated citrus peel with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk and extract - stir up until moist.
Roll dough into 1" balls - I got about 2 dozen. Line them up on cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Bake them in a 425º for 15 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
While they are baking, melt butter in small bowl - set aside. Now mix 1/2 c sugar and 1 tsp of citrus peel. 
When your cookies have cooled for a few minutes start dipping them in butter and then the citrus sugar.
Now have yourself a bite of sunshine! 

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Rhondi said…
It sure was a nice day in Texas today! Your sunshine bites are the perfect little snack after being iced in all week. I could use a little citrus right about now.
Oh, and we some sunshine around here! Thanks, Mickey!
These look wonderful. I know we'd love to have some sunshine here!
Olga Poltava said…
Oh, these cookies look so delicious. I want a bite :-)
Anna's Table said…
Lisa, thanks for visiting my blog. These cookie bites look delicious. I just joined as a follower and look forward to sharing recipes.
briarrose said…
The citrus is a nice touch....these look delicious.
Candy said…
Yum! I love anything with citrus.
Unknown said…
These look tasty, I have some leftover orange puree...might have to make these.
Kathleen said…
Thanks for visiting my blog...let me know how you like the Coconut Custard Pie:)
Zoe said…
Love your little bites of citrus-ly sunshine! Hate the rain...We had too much in Aus lately.
Lisa said…
I love your citrus take on this. It looks awesome. Once I get the ingredients to make this, I am so getting into the kitchen and whipping up a batch.
Trisha said…
These look like little drops of happiness ... what a fun cookie!
I'm featuring these today on These Chicks Cooked. They look so yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe and please grab a featured button if you'd like.
Sue said…
Your cookies really do look like little bites of sunshine! They sound delicious!
Desi said…
I saw these featured over at This Chick Cooks, and I had to stop by your blog. While I was here, I noticed that I pretty much love your blog! You have some good recipes :) I am your newest follower!

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