Orange Cookies Recipe
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Orange Cookies Recipe

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Dozens of these citrusy delights travel along with me to the school and church functions I attend during the holidays. The abundant orange flavor is refreshing.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:72 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 72 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ICING:
  • 4-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup orange juice

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 93 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 29 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the buttermilk, eggs, orange juice and peel. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. For icing, combine the confectioners' sugar, orange extract and enough orange juice to achieve desired consistency. Spread over cooled cookies. Yield: about 12 dozen.
Originally published as Orange Cookies in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2000, p30

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Reviewed Sep. 11, 2012

"yes really loved these cookies , and my grandkids too!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"We love these cookies!! Every single one gets eaten in this house!! I did change the recipe from buttermilk to sour milk, milk with a little bit of vinegar in it!"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"Loved this recipe my grandkids love it also makes a big batch and easy recipe!"

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