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Iced Orange Cutouts

I put a tablespoon of orange zest in both the cookie and icing to make these crispy cookies nice and bright, like a little ray of sunshine. —Wendy Montecalvo, Pleasantville, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons ice water
  • ICING:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest


  • Whisk flour, sugar and orange zest; cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Knead gently until dough forms. Divide dough in half; shape each into a disk. Wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, gently roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/4-in. scalloped or plain round cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until bottoms are light brown, 10-12 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For icing, mix confectioners' sugar, orange juice and zest until smooth. Spread over cookies. Let stand at room temperature until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 89 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 30mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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