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Orange Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Orange Sugar Cookies

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"Easy to make, but tastes great. This orange cookie holds it's shape well and can be used with figured boards or cookie molds and stamps. Dust with confectioners' sugar after baking for an elegant finish."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    8 hrs 25 mins


  1. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the orange juice, vanilla and orange zest. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters or stamps. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto an unprepared cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 25, 2010

Delicious! Light, fluffy, airy with a hint of orange flavor. It's a quite lovely little cookie. Wanting a stronger flavor for some of them I also used the the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting from this site which was fantastic. My changes: I used butter flavored shortening (that's all I had) and I after reading other reviews I doubled the orange zest as well. My batch also made a little over 6 dozen. I did scooped them with a cookie scoop right out of the bowl - no refrigerating, no rolling, no cutters. I'm not a "pretty cookie" maker. Also, please remember this is NOT a super-sweet cookie. Not all cookies should cause cavities. This one is a little different, a little special, and very very easy. That's 5 stars in my book. Thanks for the recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 16, 2008

Although I received several compliments for these at a cookie exchange, I felt they were very bland. :( They puffed up alot with baking and were very airy, even after the dough was rolled out to 1/4 inch thickness. Next time I will double the orange zest, maybe substitute half of the shortening for butter, and roll out the dough as thin as possible! Icing was definitely a good addition to these. :)


13 Ratings

Oct 20, 2002

These cookies are great -- not too sweet, and they taste fresh with the hint of orange. My batch made OVER 6 DOZEN 2-inch cookies. I actually chilled my dough for about a week, because I got sidetracked, but it was still easy to work with. You can put the cookies right next to each other on the baking sheets -- they puff but don't spread.

Oct 30, 2002

These cookies were alright in terms of flavor. Not the best I've ever had. They were, however, very easy to make and excellent to roll out. Infact I only refridgerated the dough for 3 hours and I mixed everything in my kitchenaid and I added a little extra orange juice and I had not a single problem rolling and cutting the cookies. They also baked very nicely and were very tender to eat. Not very sweet, so they do need an icing. I will probably turn this into my new "holiday cookies for school" recipie.

Feb 10, 2010

very good!!! I did double the zest called for but thats what my orange had on it, lol. I did not refrigerate overnight simply because I did not plan on rolling them out. I used a scoop and they maintained the same shape in and out of the oven. They do not spread, do not puff, and taste great!!!!!!! Thx for the recipe =))

Jan 20, 2009

I cooked this recipe for 9:30 and turned out pretty good. I added 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and while stirring the mix i added a little more orange juice and a tad bit of milk and it turned out pretty good.

Dec 25, 2008

the flavor of the dough was good but it was INCREDIBLY soft and impossible to use for cut out cookies. the cookies bake up to nearly twice the size of the dough. it was VERY frustrating to try and make cut out cookies with this dough. i even stuck the dough in the freezer as a last resort with no different results. i recommend using another recipe if you're looking to make cut out cookies.

Dec 05, 2012

Loved this recipe. I always taste the dough when making cookies to make sure I like the flavor. The taste wasn't quite as strong enough for me so I added extra orange peel and added some orange extract. The flavor really popped and was very good.


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  • Calories
  • 259 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.2 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 9.5 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 3.8 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 135 mg
  • 5%

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

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