Iced Orange Cookies
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
Makesabout 5-1/2 dozen
- 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
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Orange paste food coloring, optional
- 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.
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 cookie: 63 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 33mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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Apr 23, 2019
I really enjoyed making these cookies and I would highly recommend. The only thing is the cookie dough was so dry so I had to add extra orange juice to make it more smooth. In addition, I tasted the dough and I recommend adding orange extract to make it have a more orange taste. The dough ended up being very fluffy and cake-like which I was very happy with. I would definitely make these again I just had to modify the recipe slightly.
Dec 24, 2018
These orange cookies are perfect for Christmas, I made them along with some gingersnaps and everyone loved them! The only thing I changed was using half lemon/half orange juice for the icing and maybe another half tablespoon of orange zest in the cookie dough- that definitely made them citrusy enough. The dough is relatively wet and similar to cake batter but the cookies remain very fluffy and cake-like. For me they spread very much like the picture. Highly recommend!
Apr 16, 2018
Great recipe, loved the texture and you really can't just eat one. Any suggestions how make them chocolate?
Feb 21, 2018
They are ok, but need a stronger orange taste
Jan 29, 2018
can you freeze these cookies?
Dec 19, 2016
Very good cookie. First made a few years ago for Christmas, had multiple requests for the recipe. Now a must have cookie for the holidays, as per family request, and usually one of the first cookies to go.
Jan 27, 2016
Very good! Only thing I changed was that I used butter instead of shortening. These taste better after sitting a day, next time I'll try lemon juice for a different flavor. Will definitely make again!
Feb 8, 2013
These cookies are so easy to make and very soft. I am going to make them next time with lime in replace of everything orange and also lemon in replace of the orange ingredients. I hope it goes well. They went quick in my small family of four.
Dec 29, 2010
I absolutely love these soft, melt in your mouth cookies! I always get lots of compliments and receipe requests.
Jun 2, 2010
I own a pastry company and am always trying new recipes. This is one of my customer favorites. I mix it like a cake (cream fats and sugar, then alternately add liquids and dry ingredients). I always substitute lemon juice for orange juice in the glaze. I thought it was a little flat with the orange juice, but the lemon glaze adds a great tangy flavor! Mine always bake up much flatter than the picture. It's really hard to eat just one!