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outrageously moist orange cookies

(27 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Dee Stillwell
Citrus Heights, CA

The original recipe came from a community cookbook. I don't like using shortening in cookies, so I use butter... but if you don't care, then that's what the original recipe called for. Or, you could use 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening. I also added the orange zest to them. These are very good cake-like soft moist cookies. Bursting with orange flavor. Yummm!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

When you hear a citrus cookie lemon typically pops into your head. These light and refreshing cookies prove orange can also be the citrus of choice. They're tender and will melt in your mouth. Alone, the cookie has just the right amount of orange flavor and you could enjoy them as is. But, the orange icing sends them over the top and will keep you coming back for more. A sweet accompaniment to morning coffee or as an after-dinner treat. The recipe makes a lot and will serve a crowd.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(27 ratings)
yield 5 dozen cookies
prep time 15 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For outrageously moist orange cookies

  • 1 c
    butter, softened
  • 2 c
  • 2 lg
  • juice & zest of 1 large sweet orange
  • 1 c
  • 1 tsp
    orange emulsion (can use extract)
  • 4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, softened
  • 1 pinch
  • zest and juice of 1/2 of an orange or to make it spreadable

How To Make outrageously moist orange cookies

  • Cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookie sheets by lining with parchment paper. Zest and juice oranges.
  • Eggs, orange juice, and zest added to creamed butter and sugar.
    Cream butter and sugar together. Beat in eggs, orange juice, zest, and mix.
  • Sifting dry ingredients together.
    Sift dry ingredients together.
  • Dry and wet ingredients mixed together.
    Add flour mixture alternately with milk to form a soft dough.
  • Dough scooped onto cookie sheets and baking in the oven.
    Scoop cookies onto cookie sheets. Bake for approx 10 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool for 10 minutes and remove to a cooling rack.
  • Frosting ingredients whisked together.
    While cookies finish cooling, make the frosting. Whisk all frosting ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
  • Cookies dipped in the orange frosting.
    Spread on cookies and let sit to dry. Enjoy!

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