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Orange Balls II Recipe

Orange Balls II

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"This is a light, chilled Christmas cookie."

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Original recipe makes 6 dozen Change Servings


  1. Crush vanilla wafers to make fine crumbs. Add sugar, butter or margarine, and orange juice concentrate. Mix well.
  2. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll balls in pecans or coconut. Chill until firm.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 21, 2003

The reason I'm writing a review is to tell other people who are unfamiliar with these cookies (like I was) to not be disheartened when they first look at the dough. The cookie does firm up after a day in the fridge and it does end up being a very tasty cookie. Although unusual. It is a no-bake cookie but in this case that doesn't mean it's not time consuming to prepare.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 21, 2009

These were just okay. After the good reviews, I expected a great addition to my holiday cookie tray. I hoped for more orange flavor, but found these orange balls to be a bit bland. I followed the recipe exactly. I chilled the dough before rolling it into balls, and the consistency was fine. My son hates peacans and coconut, so I rolled some in graham cracker crumbs, too. They are edible, but not spectacular enough to add to my list of Christmas recipes.

May 27, 2007

I have been looking for this recipe for years. I first came across it in a magazine in 1971. It called for crushed pecan shortbread cookies (Pecan Sandies) rather than graham crackers or vanilla wafers. Thank you!!

Dec 12, 2005

These are absolutely delicious! I wanted to try something new for the holidays and boy am I glad that I did! Easy to make (though it does take some time to crush up all those nilla wafers!!) Thanks for sharing!!

Dec 17, 2009

Love these! My Grandma has made these all my life and I look forward to them every year! Tip : Put the vanilla wafers in your food processor to grind them up... saves a lot of time. Also stick dough in the fridge for awhile then use a melon scoop and they are all the same size and your hands don't get as messy :)

Dec 17, 2009

I typically do not alter ingredients and then rate a recipe, but i just had to try adding 8 oz of cream cheese to this, and I am glad I did! Here is what I did. ...I could not figure out for the life of me why in the world this recipe would need FOUR cups of conf. sugar, and then I figured the reason for that was because it had to sweeten the 6 oz of OJ concentrate. So instead I only used about 3 oz OJ and only ONE cup of conf sugar and it turned out GREAT! Otherwise, I followed the recipe as stated, except I added 8 oz of room temp cream cheese. These were also really good without the OJ in them, just the crushed cookies, cream cheese and the sugar...YUM! Next time I will make them like that and dip them into white chocolate. Try adding cream cheese, you won't be sorry---just make sure it is room temperature so that it "folds" into the cookie crumb mixture well.

Aug 09, 2010

This is a recipe from our childhoods-DH & I both remember these as Christmas cookies, but they make a great, cool, very sweet treat in the summer, too. I use confectioners sugar and/or finely chopped pecans to roll them and chill the mixture, then use a small cookie scoop to form the balls.

Dec 22, 2010

These are my new favorite Christmas cookie! I have also tried them with frozen lemonade and that is AMAZING!


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  • Calories
  • 161 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.3 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 7.1 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 53 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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