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Orange Sugar Rollouts

When my children were young, we would bake and decorate these cookies every Christmas. Now I carry on the tradition with my grandchildren.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 teaspoons whole milk
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • Yellow food coloring, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk, orange zest and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters dipped in flour. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, orange zest and enough orange juice to achieve spreading consistency. Add food coloring if desired. Frost cooled cookies.
Editor's Note: Instead of rolling and cutting out these cookies, the dough may be dropped by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake and frost as directed.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 260 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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