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Orange Peel Cookies Recipe

Orange Peel Cookies

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"This recipe was handed down from my great grandmother. These cookies go great with tea."

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Original recipe makes 3 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  2. Combine the shortening and the sugar and mix until light. Stir in the vanilla, milk and ground orange. Add the flour, baking powder, and the baking soda. Mix until combined. Let dough sit for 15 minutes then drop teaspoon sized drops onto greased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for about 7 to 10 minutes or until done.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 22, 2006

Honestly one of the best cookies I've ever made (and I've made a lot!). Would be excellent with dried cranberries or maybe even chocolate chips.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 04, 2007

I tried this recipe because it sounded so different. But unfortunately we didn't love it. Too cakey. Not orangey enough. And didn't seem to set up well enough without over baking. Sorry! Thanks for sharing!


12 Ratings

Dec 17, 2003

A nice fresh cake cookie, but after baking 1st batch I added some nuts. May try part shortening & part marg next time. This recipe makes a lot more than 3 doz. Will try putting cranberries in for fall. We did use an orange glaze to frost from the Cranberry Orange Cookie recipe.

Dec 20, 2010

These were very good! And easy to make, it takes just a few minutes to mix everything. The whole orange is an awesome idea, gives the cookies an interesting, more original taste. I halved everything except the orange, used olive oil instead of shortening and cinnamon + cloves because I ran out of vanilla. Next time I will try with vanilla as well. Thanks for the recipe!

Sep 24, 2009

I use to make these cookies with my mom but lost the recipe! Thank goodness this was posted it is exact and soooo good! My family loves it when I make these!

Dec 17, 2006

I like this recipe. I've made this a couple times and the yield is somewhere between 10-12 dozen cookies, dropping at teaspoon sizes on the baking sheet. I added sprinkles or colored sugar on top of the drops before baking. They are refreshingly different! Thank you!

Jul 18, 2011

I made a small batch of these because I was convinced they would be too zesty. I was right. I made a second batch using 2 pureed oranges without the peel or pith and added 1 tablespoon of zest and 1/3 cup less milk. MUCH BETTER. I also arrange dried cranberries on half of the batch before baking. They were a welcome addition

Jan 18, 2011

These cookies are so light and wonderful, just the right amount of orange flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 274 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.8 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 11.9 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 3.3 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 157 mg
  • 6%

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

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