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Buttery Orange Sugar Cookies

My husband's grandmother made a variety of cookies every year for her grandkids at Christmastime. She would box them up and give each child his or her own box. This crisp, orange flavored cookie is one of my favorites from her collection.—Heather McKillip, Aurora, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup rye flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in orange zest and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk remaining ingredients; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Shape level tablespoons of dough into balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in airtight containers.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 68 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 94mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • SKJ2529
    Nov 14, 2019

    These are delicious. I was a bit concerned that there wasn't an egg in the ingredients, but they came out perfect. Light and crispy. I made them twice. The first time as written, and the second time I replaced 1 cup of the all-purpose flour with white whole wheat. This is a keeper. In answer to another reviewers question, I used Bob's Red Mill Dark Rye Flour that I got at Safeway.

  • Sue Zappa
    Dec 13, 2016

    A delicious & easy cookie! Had to make a few changes to it, though. I used only all-purpose white flour. You do need to add one egg to the butter & sugar mixture because the dough was too dry. (I'd wonder about the absence of an egg!) Also, I rolled the dough into 1" balls & then used a glass dipped in sugar to lightly press them. And, DO NOT let them sit on the pan for 2 minutes! I had to put my air-bake pans back in the oven to get hot so I could get them off easily! Delicious, crispy cookies with a wonderful orange flavor.

  • Chargett
    Sep 26, 2016

    Where in the world do you find rye flour and why is that kind necessary for a cookie??

  • littlemimi
    Aug 4, 2016

    These sound delicious. Do the balls flatten out when baking? I'm worried about having nice, crispy cookies.