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Grandma Brubaker’s Orange Cookies


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, separated
  • 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


  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in egg yolks and buttermilk. Sift together flour, baking powder, 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.


Average Rating:
  • Potempa
    May 26, 2018

    Made them for my friends and they loved them. I followed the recipe exactly as said, wonderful. I loved the orange taste of the frosting and the cookie.

  • Donut Queen
    Jan 24, 2018

    I halved the recipe, used real butter in both the cookie and icing, and didn't bother separating the egg, and the cookies turned out wonderfully. Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe!

  • DecadentDessertLady
    Dec 12, 2017

    Baked these for the first time last year; now it's one of my favorites. The orange flavoring is not overpowering and that's what I love about it. A delicious soft cookie! Thank you Grandma Brubaker wherever you are!

  • heartinsa
    Sep 30, 2017

    This is the same recipe as old family recipe we have and love except this makes more cookies. Bright orange flavor, soft, moist. Wonderful cookie. For the lady asking about the temperature, our recipe says to bake at 350 for 12 minutes or until light brown.

  • Moemoe67
    Apr 2, 2017

    Halved recipe for 3 dozen cookies. DELICIOUS with the fresh OJ & orange peel. Just added a bit more powdered sugar, and a few Tbsp's of milk to firm up frosting a bit. Kept in fridge and I THINK next day they were even better!!

    THANK YOU this is a keeper!

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Jan 23, 2017

    There is such a good orange flavor in both the cookie and the icing. I didn't have any oranges so I substituted orange juice in the batter. I was glad I did have some grated orange peel in the freezer for the icing. These are delicious cookies!

  • Yonko57
    May 4, 2016

    Great tasting, but is 325* correct temp?

    Baked according time then added two minutes, still limp and soft. Will try again at 375* as most cookies are baked.

  • debstub
    Mar 24, 2016

    I omitted the orange rind because we like a milder flavor and it was very good!

  • justmbeth
    Nov 15, 2015

    Family absolutely loved these. The orange flavor is very similar to our family favorite pizzelle recipe, which is made with lemon and orange flavors rather than anise. I think my icing turned out a bit too runny in retrospect. Next time I may adjust accordingly.

  • papa60
    Oct 17, 2015

    Omg to die for so soft an so much flavor I will be making these for many years !!!!

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