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Orange Cocoa Sandies

When I was growing up, I loved to help my mom cut out the appealing dessert recipes from newspapers and magazines. Then we would paste them all into a big book. This recipe is one of our favorites from the collection.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat butter, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and extract until blended. In another bowl, whisk flour and cocoa; gradually beat into butter mixture. Stir in pecans.
  • Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes or until set. Cool on pans 1-2 minutes. Roll warm cookies in confectioner's sugar. Cool on wire racks. If desired, reroll cookies in confectioner's sugar after cooling.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 91 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.
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