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Double Orange Cookies

I serve these nutritious, tasty cookies to my husband and our four children. Also, because my husband is a minister, I often cook for guests in our home. —Pamela Kinney, Irving, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 7 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (6 ounces) orange juice concentrate, thawed, divided
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon reserved orange juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk


  • In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add sour cream and eggs. Beat until well blended. Reserve 1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate for frosting. Add the remaining concentrate with combined dry ingredients to the creamed mixture; mix well. Stir in orange zest.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for about 10 minutes or until edges just begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine all frosting ingredients until smooth. Spread a small amount over each cookie.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 163 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 127mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • beadidio
    May 1, 2020

    Our French neighbor makes them for Pot Luck sometimes and everyone loves them.

  • BrownieQueen2
    Dec 19, 2017

    I loved these cookies. Taste similar to orange rolls!

  • Mrskelly
    Dec 14, 2013

    These were so-so. I don't think I would describe them as "nutritious" as is mentioned in the description. I followed the recipe to a "T". The dough was super sticky and hard to work with. They also seemed to take nearly 20 minutes to bake fully (have no idea why). I will say the frosting was yummy. Without the frosting these cookies would be a bit boring for sure. I'm going to give it one more try with lemonade instead of orange juice. We'll see what happens. I've been baking cookies successfully for 35 years, yet have no idea why the dough was so weird and didn't want to bake in the allotted time frame.. It was a mystery for sure. If the lemon ones don't work out for me either, I'll be scrapping this recipe.

  • sabakhan
    Apr 29, 2013

    I tried this recipe yesterday and it turned out flavorless though I added some more sugar and juice as described in recipe but it was not good at all.I don't get why these people are praising it can anyone send me these cookies:)

  • sabakhan
    Apr 29, 2013

    I tried this recipe yesterday and it turned out flavorless though I added some more sugar and juice as described in recipe but it was not good at all.didnot get why tehse people are praising it can anyone send me these cookies:)

  • deborah.gonzales
    Jan 3, 2013

    Loved the cookies, I'm just wondering how the submitter justifies calling them "nutritious"... A cup of butter, cup of sour cream, sugar, cream cheese?

  • dak97
    Jun 10, 2012

    Loved these cookies. After reading the reviews I decided for my first try at these I would make lemon cookies. I followed the cookie recipe exactly using lemonade and lemon peel. For the frosting I did not want to use cream cheese so I just used butter. I did not have milk on hand so I used lemon juice from the lemons used for the zest. Such wonderful real lemon flavor - these cookies are a hit! I can't wait to try orange, and will possibly even try lime.

  • carrie carney
    Feb 19, 2012

    Update: I recently made these with limeade and they were fabulous. Also want to try a lemonade version to see how they come out!

  • carrie carney
    Dec 18, 2011

    These are so good. Such a nice change from the typical "chocolate type" cookies I make. My husband specifically asked me to make these for a second time and I made a batch for a Christmas party a few weeks ago-- not one cookie was left! I would like to try this same recipe but with a can of limeade too...

  • Trilby Yost
    Dec 12, 2010

    I used to make these cookies quite frequently, but they sort of fell out of my repertoire in the past few years. I ran across the recipe and remembered how good they tasted. I made them again yesterday and they turned out as scrumptious as I recalled. Some of my family say they have a new favorite cookie!