I have made these cookies since I was in middle school, and like to make them for Easter, but couldn't find my recipe, so used this one. They were good. I used half whole wheat flour and used a plastic cup of cinnamon applesauce in place of 1/2 cup of the shortening. (I also had to use butter instead of shortening for another 1/2 cup; that's all I had.) They were good. I did have some dried orange zest and I think that added a lot to the icing. So while I would have thought the whole orange and zest thing could be skipped, I think it adds a lot to the icing. (I added a touch of zest to the dough also.) I could not seem to get the icing right. I added 1 tablespoon oj to 1/2 cup powdered sugar and it was way too thin, so start out with very small amounts of juice. They had icing dripped down the sides even after I tried to thicken it. I will make these again, but will look for my old recipe to see if there were any differences that made for an improvement on taste. They were good, but I don't think everyone loved them at the Easter dinner I attended. Cheesecake and brownies with ice cream seemed a bit more popular. GREAT way to add beta carotene to a veggie hater's diet. I gave them without icing to my 1 year old who has decided she doesn't like carrots anymore, and she loved them. :)
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I have made these cookies since I was in middle school, and like to make them for Easter, but...