Kathie Carr Recipe

Aunt Bessie's Frosted Fresh Orange Cookies

By Kathie Carr kathiecc

48 cookies
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This recipe came from my Great Aunt, Bessie McEndarfer. She lived in a big, old fashioned brick house just down the road from my Mom and Dad in the 1950's.

Aunt Bessie had a big family. She was a great cook and all her kids and grandkids that I know remember and crave these cookies. This recipe makes a BIG batch of cookies which I'm sure Aunt Bessie needed to feed everyone.

I'm posting this recipe in memory of a wonderful lady, Great Aunt Bessie.

Photo was added by the Kitchen Crew. THANKS!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Fresh, fruity... and delicious! Just as you'd imagine, these cookies are delightfully light and refreshing. We just love the bright citrus flavor.


2 c
brown sugar
1 c
softened butter (original recipe called for lard)
1 c
buttermilk or sour milk
pinch of salt
2 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
baking powder
grated orange rind (use 1/2 in cookies and 1/2 in icing)
1 c
powdered sugar
1 Tbsp
orange juice (or enough to make a glaze type icing for cookies)
1/2 of orange rind (left from cookies)
drops yellow food coloring, optional

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all cookie ingredients and mix well. Drop by heaping teaspoons full onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes.
Mix powdered sugar with enough orange juice to form a glaze type icing. Add left over orange rind from making cookies and food coloring if used. Spread on warm cookies.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies, Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids

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lynn olson kc97
Jan 20, 2015
I'm definitely going to try those & yes I'm going to make them with lard. I betcha you could leave out the orange rind in the cookies & the icing & substitute it for a brown sugar frosting, but the orange sounds pretty good too!
Ms Weber iwwgatorspouse
Nov 30, 2014
On the original recipe, how much lard was used instead of butter?
Beth M. BakinTime
Apr 29, 2014
I happened across this recipe and it sounds like a great cooky recipe. So I'm sharing it and will put it in my JustAPinch notebook after printing it, to be sure I see it when I bake cookies. Anything "orange flavored" jumps out at me, and with all those good ingredients these must be delicious! I also love the history you've shared with the recipe, thanks for sharing it.
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