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Grandma Brubaker’s Orange Cookies

Total Time
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
At least two generations of my family have enjoyed the recipe for these light, delicate orange-flavored cookies. —Sheri DeBolt, Huntington, Indiana

Updated: Aug. 22, 2023

Grandma Brubaker’s Orange Cookies

Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 10 min
Yield about 6 dozen.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, separated, room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • Juice and grated zest of 2 medium navel oranges
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg yolks and buttermilk. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with orange juice and zest. Add egg whites and beat until smooth.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake until set, about 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For icing, combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. Frost cooled cookies.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 97 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 58mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

At least two generations of my family have enjoyed the recipe for these light, delicate orange-flavored cookies. —Sheri DeBolt, Huntington, Indiana