Orange Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe
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Orange Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe

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A delightful delicate orange flavor in the cookie and frosting in these treats is unexpected. It pairs nicely with the macadamia nuts for a fun tropical flair. I know you’ll enjoy these.—Laura Oslon, Manchester, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:21 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 21 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts or blanched almonds
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 209 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk, orange juice and peel. Combine flour and cornstarch; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts.
  2. Roll into 1-1/4-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Gently flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Combine frosting ingredients in a bowl; beat until smooth. Frost cookies. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Orange Macadamia Nut Cookies in Birds & Blooms December/January 1999, p55

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GailMc User ID: 4235837 51692
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2014

"These cookies were very good. I would make them again! A bonus feature is it made the exact amount (3-1/2 doz) as stated in the recipe. Sometimes that doesn't work out as well."

Sollobella User ID: 7019858 83994
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"The cornstarch makes these cookies crisp like vanilla wafers, then there is the tangy orange...fantastic. A perfect cookie."

goodeatings User ID: 6667510 24745
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2012

"This is for sure a 6 star.!!!!!"

goodeatings User ID: 6667510 24741
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2012

"Have made this several times, the very best. Have also added some dried cranberries, came out very good. Big brother, who is not much of a cookie person, really liked them. A keeper"

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