Orange-Calendula Drop Cookies

Makes 3–4 dozen

6–8 fresh calendula blossoms
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
grated rind of 2 oranges
2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup almond halves

Preheat oven to 350F. Pull petals off calendulas and set aside. Cream butter, sugar and orange rind until fluffy. Add orange juice concentrate and vanilla. Mix in eggs, stirring until blended.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Blend calendula petals and dry ingredients into creamed mixture. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Press an almond half into each cookie. Bake 12–15 minutes until golden brown.