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Orange Crispies

When I want to drop a little sunshine into my cookie jar, I bake up a double batch of these citrusy and sweet treats. —Ruth Gladstone, Brunswick, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    3-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Sugar or orange-colored sugar


  • In a small bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, extract and salt. Add flour; mix well. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 375° until edges begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Cool for 1-2 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Sprinkle warm cookies with sugar.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 158 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Debglass11
    Dec 29, 2016

    I suppose I should call these "Lemon Crispies" because I substituted lemon extract for the orange.....only because that's what I had on hand. I made them for Christmas and decorated them with red and green colored sugars. They are SO light and crispy! Whether you use orange or lemon extract, you'll be happy with the results! I will definitely make these again next year!

  • TropicBon
    Nov 21, 2016

    Pretty bland until I doctored them. Added more salt and a lot more orange extract. Even put in 1/2 tsp. of almond extract. Maybe using salted butter would have reduced the need for more salt and improved flavor. Had to bake them an extra 3 minutes and found that sugars did not stick very well to the warm cookies. They tasted pretty good after the modifications, but you can tell these were made with shortening.

  • DWare5883
    Apr 23, 2016

    Basically a orange flavored sugar cookie. Pretty good if you are wanting a break from chocolate.