Friday, January 14, 2011

Old Fashioned Orange Frosted Cookies

When I was a little girl my best friends grandmother made these cookies and they were one of my favorite treats. I had a lot of oranges and could not decide what to do with them and then these came to mind.

Beat together the shortening and butter.

Old Fashioned Orange Frosted Cookies:

2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 egg
1 cup fresh orange juice
4 T. grated orange rind
4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

The Frosting:
4 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
4 T. butter, softened
2 T. grated orange rind
4 T. orange juice

Heat oven to 350 ºF. Mix shortening, butter, sugar and egg. Beat in orange juice and rind. Blend dry ingredients together. Beat into mixture. Use a tablespoon cookie scoop and drop on parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake 10 minutes. They should just begin to brown on the bottoms.

Frosting: Combine butter and sugar. Mix. Add orange rind and juice. Beat until smooth. Frost cookies when cool and let rest on cookie racks until the icing is set.

Add the sugar.

Grate in the rind.

Squeeze the oranges.

Add the fresh juice.

Add the salt.

Add the baking powder.

Add the baking soda.

Add 2 eggs.

Put the paddle attachment on your mixer and blend in the flour.

This is a rather wet dough.

Place the scoops on a parchment covered cookie sheet.

This is how they look when they come out of the oven. Let them cool on racks and then frost.

Kids love these cookies.

Let them sit on the racks until the frosting has set.

Then pack them away in a cookie tin. The flavor improves in 1-2 days.