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Iced Orange Cookies Recipe

Iced Orange Cookies Recipe

I usually make these bite-size cookies at Christmastime, when oranges in Florida are plentiful. Every time I sniff their wonderful aroma, I remember my grandmother, who shared the recipe. —Lori DiPietro, New Port Richey, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:66 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 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 peel. 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. Yield: about 5-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional 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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Diana User ID: 7502292 258332
Reviewed 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."

crystal24 User ID: 2396269 242641
Reviewed 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!"

ChandiP User ID: 3885565 40187
Reviewed 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."

Jocarnes User ID: 1659195 203686
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2010

"I absolutely love these soft, melt in your mouth cookies! I always get lots of compliments and receipe requests."

slummy41 User ID: 865977 78689
Reviewed 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!"

TeresaCake User ID: 3436635 42682
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"These were very moist and flavorful! I had many requests for the recipe after I gave them as Christmas gifts."

mjcmcook User ID: 2775072 42680
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"A delicious 'little' treat!"

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