This recipe is from my great grandmother. I entered these in our County Fair. There were over 60 entries in the drop cookie category. I received 2nd place. Pretty darn good, huh? My great grandmother would have been so proud. You can make sour milk by combining 1/2 cup of milk with 1 teaspoon vinegar and allow to set 10 minutes.

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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheets.

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  • In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together 3 teaspoons baking powder and 3 1/4 cups flour.

  • Beat together brown sugar and shortening then add eggs, orange rind and vanilla. Mix in flour mixture, alternating the flour mixture and sour milk until all is blended. Drop dough by teaspoonful onto cookie sheets.

  • Bake 12-15 minutes. Let cool and frost cookies.

  • To Make Frosting: Mix together powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon butter and enough orange juice mixed in to make it able to spread over cooled cookies.

Nutrition Facts

149.4 calories; 1.7 g protein; 21.4 g carbohydrates; 10.9 mg cholesterol; 49.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (22)

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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2007
excellent cookies...almost scone like in texture..love the flavour added just a touch of extra pulp OJ to the batter. I also used butter instead of shortening as they were for xmas... nothing but the best at xmas time! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/28/2010
The cookies were either too thin or after freezing the batter too cakey it definetely didn't need all the flour and could have used some more egg yolks or something Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2007
excellent cookies...almost scone like in texture..love the flavour added just a touch of extra pulp OJ to the batter. I also used butter instead of shortening as they were for xmas... nothing but the best at xmas time! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2007
excellent cookies...almost scone like in texture..love the flavour added just a touch of extra pulp OJ to the batter. I also used butter instead of shortening as they were for xmas... nothing but the best at xmas time! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2008
These cookies had a great orange flavor not too strong and not too subtle. I used half butter half shortening and the texture was soft but not crumbly. Also I drizzled chocolate on top of the glaze which went with the orange flavor perfectly and made the cookies look pretty too! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/21/2005
Delightful orange flavor solid texture (firm dry but not crumbly nicely balanced by icing) -- everyone loved these and they made the house smell great all day! I make my drop cookies on the small side so this recipe made 6 dozen. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2007
Yummy cookie!! I did change the icinge recipe. I added orange zest to the frositing as well as the cookie. This helped to give the frosting more citrus flavor. Also I used a brush to spread the frosting on the cookies. Finish each cookie with a sprinkle of orange zest on top. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2008
I never use shortening so I substituted with margerine instead. The orange flavor gives it a gourmet taste. Everyone enjoyed these cookies but I thought that the icing was a bit too sweet (I usually don't like things very sweet) otherwise a great cookie. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2005
I would have to agree with the other post these cookies are very good. Delightful indeed.:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2010
This is a great cookie recipe - just like those my mom made using her old Rumsford Baking Powder cookbook. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2010
This is a great recipe. Should have come in first place. Only thing different i did was add 1 tsp vanilla to make it 2 tsp. Other than that was totally the same. Did not need the iceing. Is just great as they are. Thanks. Love these cookies Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2008
Delicious! I made plain orange frosted some with a chocolate chip melted into the top and some with raisins in the dough. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/28/2010
The cookies were either too thin or after freezing the batter too cakey it definetely didn't need all the flour and could have used some more egg yolks or something Read More
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