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Orange Sugar Cookies

I make these citrusy cookies for parties and special occasions, and we always get to eat the ones that don't come out perfectly. Eventually I had to start making extra "mistakes" to keep my family happy! —Myrrh Wertz, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 3 drops orange food coloring, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, orange zest, orange juice and extract. Gradually beat in flour.
  • Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, milk and, if desired, food coloring until smooth. Pipe or spread over cookies; let stand until set.
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  • Lisa
    Dec 24, 2019

    These were so good. The batter tasted a little too strong, but the baked cookies turned out perfect!