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Iced Orange Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


about 5-1/2 dozen

I usually make these bite-size orange cookies at Christmastime, when oranges in Florida are plentiful, but they're delicious any time of year. Every time I sniff their wonderful aroma, I remember my grandmother, who shared the recipe. —Lori DiPietro, New Port Richey, Florida
Iced Orange Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Orange paste food coloring, optional


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in orange juice and zest. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  2. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. In a small bowl, combine icing ingredients until smooth; drizzle over cooled cookies.

Iced Orange Cookie Tips

Can I use a different type of citrus in these cookies?

Of course! Proceed with substituting your preferred citrus (lemon, lime, etc.) in place of orange and proceed as the recipe instructs. However, keep in mind that using baking substitutions may change the flavor and texture of your cookies.

Can I freeze these orange cookies?

Yes—here's how to freeze cookies. For this recipe, we recommend freezing the raw cookie dough ahead of time, and then later thawing it before baking and icing the cookies. You can also bake the cookies before freezing them, but don't freeze them with the icing on. Instead, prepare the glaze while the cookies thaw and then ice the cookies as the recipe instructs.

What are drop cookies?

The term ‘drop cookies’ refers to the method by which you place the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet. In this case, you ‘drop' the dough by the spoonful. Drop cookies tend to have a soft texture—here are some of our favorite drop cookie recipes.
Research contributed by Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 63 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 33mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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