Russian Orange Drop Cookies

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by Crafty Lady 13

This is a "cakey" cookie recipe that I found years ago in an old cookbook that I bought at a garage sale. According to the book, these are traditional cookies served in Russia for the Christmas holiday.

Top Review by jdv2779

These were unique and delicious. A wonderful light cookie for after a big meal or in the afternoon with tea. I needed to bake for a Russian Christmas party and came across this recipe, which is so tasty I will be making these again! Followed recipe except I did not have time to frost them all so instead spooned the frosting on top and put some sprinkles on it. Also added a tiny bit of food coloring to make the dough a pale orange, might do this again next time but to the frosting.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookies sheets.
  2. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir 1/2 cup orange juice and 1 teaspoon orange zest into the flour mixture.
  3. Cream shortening and sugar together. Mix egg into the sugar mixture thoroughly. Slowly blend flour mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes.
  5. Make the icing: Mix confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons butter together until smooth. Pour 2 tablespoons orange juice and 1 teaspoon orange zest into the sugar and butter mixture, mix well. When the cookies have cooled, spread the icing generously over the tops of the cookies.
  6. Tip: I often use fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh orange zest. When using fresh orange zest, I usually double the amount to 2 teaspoons.

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