Russian Orange Drop Cookies
photo by Crafty Lady 13
- Ready In:
- 2⁄3 cup shortening
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1⁄2 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
For the icing
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookies sheets.
- Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir 1/2 cup orange juice and 1 teaspoon orange zest into the flour mixture.
- 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.
- Bake for 8 - 10 minutes.
- 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.
- 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.
Questions & Replies
Do you remember the name of the cookbook? This cookie has been in our family since I was a young boy. My grandmother had this recipe included in our church cookbook back in the 1950's! They've been a staple in our family at Christmas ever since. I had never seen a cookie or a recipe similar until today. Nor have I had a Christmas without them! In fact we just finished making two double batched of them yesterday. Grandma must have increased the recipe as her's called for 4 cups of flour. BTW, Google must be improving as I have searched the web before, but always came up empty.
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.
I really liked these! the icing complements well, and they are a very light and delicate feeling cookie. They're not too heavy, which I really liked for my summer fishing trip. Everyone liked them, they are a such a pretty color and I will be making these again soon. The only thing I did different was flatten them a bit before baking, they turned out very lovely. I used one large orange for the fresh juice and zest. Thanks for posting CL! :)
Delicious! I made half a batch because I try not to have too many goodies lying around and it's a good (or bad?) thing I did. These are great. Definite danger of eating the whole batch! lol. I did add a little water to the icing because as stiff as mine had turned out it wouldn't have spread on these semi-delicate cookies. Thanks for the yummy treat! Reviewed for ZWT4.
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