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Orange Cookies

Dozens of these citrusy delights travel along with me to the school and church functions I attend during the holidays. The abundant orange flavor is refreshing.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 12 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ICING:
  • 4-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup orange juice

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the buttermilk, eggs, orange juice and zest. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For icing, combine the confectioners' sugar, orange extract and enough orange juice to achieve desired consistency. Spread over cooled cookies.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 93 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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