Grandma Brubaker's Orange Cookies Recipe
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Grandma Brubaker's Orange Cookies Recipe

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At least two generations of my family have enjoyed the recipe for these light, delicate, orange-flavored cookies. —Sheri DeBolt, Huntington, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:72 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 72 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • Juice and grated peel of 2 medium navel oranges
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 97 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 58mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in egg yolks and buttermilk. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda and salt; add alternately with orange juice and peel to creamed mixture. Add egg whites and beat until smooth.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes.
  3. For icing, combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. Frost cookies when cool. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Originally published as Grandma Brubaker's Orange Cookies in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p48

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Yonko57 User ID: 2034349 247866
Reviewed May. 4, 2016

"Great tasting, but is 325* correct temp?

Baked according time then added two minutes, still limp and soft. Will try again at 375* as most cookies are baked."

debstub User ID: 2934557 245969
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2016

"I omitted the orange rind because we like a milder flavor and it was very good!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 237395
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"Family absolutely loved these. The orange flavor is very similar to our family favorite pizzelle recipe, which is made with lemon and orange flavors rather than anise. I think my icing turned out a bit too runny in retrospect. Next time I may adjust accordingly."

papa60 User ID: 2543625 235122
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2015

"Omg to die for so soft an so much flavor I will be making these for many years !!!!"

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 234211
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015

"These rivaled old family recipes!"

dsclements User ID: 4318294 233706
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2015

"My mom and grandmother made these for years. It makes so many and was a treasured cookie treat delivered to loved ones near and far every Christmas..."

Lyda User ID: 105007 214236
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"Loved them. Easy to prepare. I added chopped walnuts to one batch & dried cranberries to another batch. Both were equally good. Will make them again."

hgilham User ID: 7049130 47576
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"Yummy!! Easy to make and the hubby loved them!!!"

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