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Iced Orange Cookies

I usually make these bite-size cookies at Christmastime, when oranges in Florida are plentiful, but they're delicious any time of year. 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
  • Makes
    about 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
  • ICING:
  • 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 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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  • JSB
    Jul 30, 2020

    I really like these cookies and make them several times a year for various holidays and parties. I not only make them in with orange flavor but with lemons and limes as well.

  • Amy
    Jun 21, 2020

    No comment left

  • Cecelia
    Jun 6, 2020

    My dough seems too wet should I add flour or is it supposed to be a Little too wet ??

  • Jewelled
    May 5, 2020

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  • Maria
    Oct 13, 2019

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  • Sophia
    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.

  • Lindsey
    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!

  • Janet
    Apr 16, 2018

    Great recipe, loved the texture and you really can't just eat one. Any suggestions how make them chocolate?

  • zuesmom
    Feb 21, 2018

    They are ok, but need a stronger orange taste

  • Lucy
    Jan 29, 2018

    can you freeze these cookies?