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Orange & Lemon Wafer Cookies Recipe

Orange & Lemon Wafer Cookies Recipe

These light citrus cookies go so well with a cup of coffee or tea after a heavy holiday meal. —JoAnn Belack, Bradenton, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:48 servings


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Thin orange or lemon peel strips, optional


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, orange peel, lemon peel and extracts. In another bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • 2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. If desired, top with orange peel strips.
  • 3. Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 4 dozen.

Reviews for Orange & Lemon Wafer Cookies

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Lillygr User ID: 8550045 245986
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2016

"My new favorite ! quick & easy too"

071246lm User ID: 825140 223072
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2015

"This is a quick and easy recipe, and I love the mixture of the lemon and orange flavourings. The next batch, I may substitute lemon extract for the orange extract. Like many of the others, I did not get 48 cookies; I only got 32. Thanks for a great recipe!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 200318
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"I tried this recipe today for the first time as TOH is having a weekly Ingredient Challenge using citrus (orange, lemon or grapefruit). I used regular salted butter. I'd used 2 tsp. vanilla extract & 1/2 tsp. orange extract! The NEXT TIME I'll KNOW to use the 1 tsp. vanilla extract & 1 tsp. orange extract! I did bake the cookies on the parchment paper-lined baking sheets and baked for just 8 minutes. I found that I had to allow cookies to cool slightly before removing from the paper-lined baking sheets-they're delicate and firm up as they cool! I admit that I sampled quite a few! They had a buttery flavor! The yield was 32 cookies, NOT 48! Next time, I'll use a smaller amount of dough to drop on the parchment-paper-lined sheets! Maybe, using smaller teaspoonfuls will yield more cookies for me! Thank you, JoAnn Belack, for sharing this recipe with Taste of Home! I'm sure that I'll be using this recipe again!


mldevin User ID: 4911153 195719
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"I used an icing bag to pipe drops of the cookie batter onto parchment... perfect! These have great flavor, I didn't use the orange extract because I did not have any on hand (used King Arthur's Princess Cake flavoring, which has a citrus flavor). These cookies were enjoyed by all who had them."

ErinLassie1 User ID: 5864260 152836
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2012

"I just had to try these cookies. I doubled the recipe for my Christmas baking and had fun with the grandkids making them. We sprinkled them with holiday colors before baking and the kids LOVED THEM!!!"

jchrist67 User ID: 1462450 119405
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012

"I tried these today as I love a citrus flavor. They were quick and easy. I only got 36 cookies so I was a bit more generous but it is nice to have a smaller batch as I live alone and if I don't share them, I eat too many!! They were just wonderful."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.