Orange Cookies

Since I was a little kid, I have always favored orange candies.  When my girls open a pack of treats, they know to give me the orange skittles, runts, sour patch kids, gummi bears, what have you…. Orange has just always been my favorite.  

I’ll never forget the Christmas when my sweet husband filled my stocking with gummy orange slices, chocolate orange sticks, and only orange starbursts (picked out of several whole bags I’m sure).  I think it’s my favorite flavor because orange always tastes like orange.  Plain and simple.

Well, these cookies have plenty of orange flavoring.  The best kind…from about 5 real oranges.

Orange Cookies

from Peacocks on my Porch

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup orange juice (just squeeze a couple that you zest)
  • 3 T orange zest

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Beat sugar and butter until fluffy.  Add sour cream and eggs; beat well.  Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, orange juice, and orange zest.  Blend well.  Drop by spoon on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges just start to brown (they are better a little underdone than overdone).  Frost while warm (I frost them right out of the oven, still on the pans, so the frosting melts and turns into a glaze.)

Orange Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 T orange zest
  • 2-3 T orange juice

Combine and frost warm cookies.

How about you?  What’s your favorite “flavor”?

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