· ½ cup port wine
· 2 Tbsp. beet juice*
· 1 cup butter
· 1 ¼ cup sugar
· 1 egg
· Zest of half an orange
· 3 cups flour
· ¼ tsp. salt
· 1 tsp. baking soda
· 1 cup dried currants
· Sesame seeds
In a small sauce pan bring wine and beet juice to a boil. Once boiling occurs, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20-22 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, orange zest, and cooled wine/beet reduction. Mix until combined.
Mix in flour mixture until just incorporated. Add currants.
Divide dough into thirds and roll into logs about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap dough logs with wax paper or parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Unwrap dough and roll/press dough into sesame seeds.
Slice log into ¼ inch slices. Place on greased or parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are firm and centers appear undercooked. Let cool on baking sheet.
Happy Valentine's Day to all of you cookie lovers and wine drinkers. Cheers!
*The Hot Cookie is a small, all-natural cookie company in Indianapolis run by two go-local/pro-green ladies with a thirst for life and a hunger for sweets. All of their two-bite cookies are made in small batches with as many high quality, local, and organic ingredients available.