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Orange Drop Cookies I

"This recipe is from my great grandmother. I entered these in our County Fair. There were over 60 entries in the drop cookie category. I received 2nd place. Pretty darn good, huh? My great grandmother would have been so proud. You can make sour milk by combining 1/2 cup of milk with 1 teaspoon vinegar and allow to set 10 minutes."
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servings 149 cals
Original recipe yields 36 servings (3 dozen)


  • Calories:
  • 149 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 6.5 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs:
  • 21.4g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 50 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together 3 teaspoons baking powder and 3 1/4 cups flour.
  3. Beat together brown sugar and shortening then add eggs, orange rind and vanilla. Mix in flour mixture, alternating the flour mixture and sour milk until all is blended. Drop dough by teaspoonful onto cookie sheets.
  4. Bake 12-15 minutes. Let cool and frost cookies.
  5. To Make Frosting: Mix together powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon butter and enough orange juice mixed in to make it able to spread over cooled cookies.

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  1. 21 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

excellent cookies...almost scone like in the flavour added just a touch of extra pulp OJ to the batter. I also used butter instead of shortening as they were for xmas... nothing bu...

Most helpful critical review

The cookies were either too thin or after freezing the batter too cakey, it definetely didn't need all the flour and could have used some more egg yolks or something

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excellent cookies...almost scone like in the flavour added just a touch of extra pulp OJ to the batter. I also used butter instead of shortening as they were for xmas... nothing bu...

These cookies had a great orange flavor, not too strong and not too subtle. I used half butter, half shortening and the texture was soft, but not crumbly. Also, I drizzled chocolate on top of ...

Delightful orange flavor, solid texture (firm, dry but not crumbly, nicely balanced by icing) -- everyone loved these, and they made the house smell great all day! I make my drop cookies on the...

I never use shortening, so I substituted with margerine instead. The orange flavor gives it a gourmet taste. Everyone enjoyed these cookies, but I thought that the icing was a bit too sweet (I u...

Yummy cookie!! I did change the icinge recipe. I added orange zest to the frositing as well as the cookie. This helped to give the frosting more citrus flavor. Also, I used a brush to spread the...

I would have to agree with the other post, these cookies are very good. Delightful indeed. :-)

This is a great cookie recipe - just like those my mom made using her old Rumsford Baking Powder cookbook.

This is a great recipe. Should have come in first place. Only thing different i did was add 1 tsp vanilla, to make it 2 tsp. Other than that was totally the same. Did not need the iceing. I...

Delicious! I made plain, orange frosted, some with a chocolate chip melted into the top, and some with raisins in the dough. Great recipe!