Frosted Orange Cookies Recipe
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Frosted Orange Cookies Recipe

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"I remember my dad making a big batch of these citrus cookies when I was growing up," writes Tammie Young from Mattoon, Illinois. "They're very moist and have a wonderful old-fashioned taste."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 medium navel oranges
  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 168 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein


  1. With a sharp knife, score each orange into quarters; remove peel. Use knife to remove white pith from peel and fruit; discard. Quarter oranges and place in a blender. Add peel; cover and process until smooth (mixture should measure 3/4 cup).
  2. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk and 6 tablespoons orange mixture. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture until blended.
  3. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-13 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, butter and enough of the remaining orange mixture to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cookies. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Orange Cookies in Quick Cooking May/June 2002, p16

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Reviewed Feb. 22, 2016

"Excellent light citrus taste. I made these exactly as written the first time, but cut the frosting quantity in half the next time, as there was way too much of it. Friends and family love these cookies and asked for the recipe."

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2016

"My husband loves these cookies. They are so flavorful and good.

Definitely a keeper at my house."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"I made mine with leftover clementines...yum...cookie stays soft and not too sweet except of course for the frosting!"

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Followed the recipe exactly. Best orange cookie recipe I've ever made....YUM!"

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2011

"Very good cookies! The kids love them too."

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