Monday, December 01, 2008

Frosted Orange Cookies

My very first recipe is for Frosted Orange Cookies. I have found this is one of those recipes that people either love or hate. There doesn't seem to be any in between. For me and my family, we love them. I got this recipe from my mom. she used to make them for us when I was a kid because they were one of my Dad's favorite cookies. They are simple and yummy, and most kids can't resist a frosted cookie!

Frosted Orange Cookies

1/3 cup shortening
1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup orange juice
2 T. grated orange rind
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Orange Butter Icing:
2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
2 T. butter, softened
1 T. grated orange rind
2 T. orange juice

Preheat oven to 400 ºF. Mix shortening, butter, sugar and egg. Stir in orange juice and rind. Blend dry ingredients together. Stir in. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets (for easy clean up and cookie removal, use parchment paper). Bake 8 - 10 minutes.

Icing: Combine butter and sugar. Mix. Add orange rind and juice, mix until smooth. Frost cookies when cool.

Makes about 3 dozen.

I always squeeze the juice out of the oranges I've zested, and if there is not enough for the recipe, I simply add juice from the carton in my fridge to equal the amount needed in the recipe. The fresh juice really makes a difference.

These are a soft cake-like cookie with a great orange flavor. So delicious and special on a Christmas cookie tray. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


Bobbie Leigh said...

Oh no, you are just dangerous for my diet. Those look YUMMY!

The Holdaway Family said...

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nikki said...

Now I want a cookie. And another donut hole. Do you have any donut recipes?

Ajumma said...

Unique! I'm going to try making these. I might add sprinkles of some sort because I'm a sucker for those.

Rachel said...

Hello from Rachel over at The Old House Club. Thanks for the kind words you left on my blog--not counting the ads, you're my first commenter ever. This recipe looks really tasty as well. (I love all baked good involving oranges!)

sarah efird said...

I just made these cookies and they are so yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

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