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Orange Meltaway Cookies Recipe
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Orange Meltaway Cookies

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"These cookies are unique in both flavor and texture. Because they are made with powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar, they have a texture that just melts in your mouth. One of our family favorites!"

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Original recipe makes 140 small cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. Mix the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a bowl. In another bowl, beat the butter and 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in orange extract, grated orange zest, and egg. Stir in the flour mixture, and blend well.
  3. Drop teaspoon-sized portions of dough about 2 inches apart onto the parchment lined baking sheets. The cookies will spread out to about 1 1/2 inches when baked.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 14 minutes, until the cookies are light brown. Remove from the oven, and sift remaining confectioners' sugar onto the hot cookies. Allow to cool, and store in an airtight container.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 18, 2010

I made these using twice the amount of orange exract called for and it was delicious! I baked for 8-10 minutes. Any more than that and they can burn.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 30, 2011

These are okay but rather forgettable. They won't be the first to disappear from your cookie tray and no one will be still talking about them 6 months later. They're basically a butter/sugar cookie, certainly not the best I've ever had, not quite sweet enough with a mildly mild citrus flavor (I made a lime variation), that are basically short on flavor - citrus, butter or otherwise - and I even used a tad more extract. I think a little salt and vanilla would have done wonders to make the flavors come alive - or maybe a glaze made of powdered sugar and juice. They're a very plain looking cookie too, which I could live with if the cookie itself was knock-out delicious.

May 06, 2009

crispy outside, and soft flaky center.

Jul 17, 2012

I did not sift the sugar, so that may be why my cookies came out rather crumbly. I also added some orange juice in place of orange zest. I really like the flavor of these cookies--citrus-y and not too sweet. With other modifications, perhaps, I will make again!

Sep 18, 2009

I followed the recipe exactly, and I have to say I wasn't wowed. These make decent butter cookies, but not very orangey. I would add more orange extract next time. They are really simple to make, going together really quick.

Mar 28, 2011

As others suggested, I double the orange extract to 2 t and also went a bit heavy on the grated orange zest. The cookies have a good flavor and are a nice break from the "old standards" cookies.

Dec 27, 2009

Made this for Christmas. Easy to make and soft, but I would have preferred a more orangey taste. I'm going to try it with more orange extract.

Jan 24, 2011

excellent little cookies! were loved by all. will definitely make again.


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  • Calories
  • 80 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.9 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 59 mg
  • 2%

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

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