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Iced Orange Cookies

 Iced Orange Cookies
I usually make these bite-size cookies at Christmastime, when oranges in Florida are plentiful. Every time I sniff their wonderful aroma, I remember my grandmother, who shared the recipe. —Lori DiPietro, New Port Richey, Florida
66 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Orange paste food coloring, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in
  • orange juice and peel. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt;
  • gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  • Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking
  • sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to
  • brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. In a small bowl, combine icing
  • ingredients until smooth; drizzle over cooled cookies. Yield: about
  • 5-1/2 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 63 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 33 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.