Frosted Orange Cookies

Drop Cookies
Christmas Cookies

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Grated rind of 2 oranges, divided
  • 2/3 cup orange juice, divided
  • 1 (16 ounce) package powdered sugar, sifted

Cream shortening in a large mixing bowl; gradually add 2 cups sugar, beating well. Add eggs; beat well.

Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt in a medium mixing bowl; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat well after each addition. Stir in half of grated rind and 1/3 cup orange juice, mixing well.

Drop dough by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets, and cool completely on wire racks.

Combine remaining orange rind, juice, and powdered sugar in a medium mixing bowl, beating with a wire whisk until smooth; spread evenly over tops of cooled cookies.

Yield: about 8 1/2 dozen.


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