This is a light, chilled Christmas cookie.

Lisa
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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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  • Crush vanilla wafers to make fine crumbs. Add sugar, butter or margarine, and orange juice concentrate. Mix well.

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  • Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll balls in pecans or coconut. Chill until firm.

Nutrition Facts

160.7 calories; 0.9 g protein; 24.3 g carbohydrates; 6.8 mg cholesterol; 52.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (28)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2003
The reason I'm writing a review is to tell other people who are unfamiliar with these cookies (like I was) to not be disheartened when they first look at the dough. The cookie does firm up after a day in the fridge and it does end up being a very tasty cookie. Although unusual. It is a no-bake cookie but in this case that doesn't mean it's not time consuming to prepare. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2009
These were just okay. After the good reviews I expected a great addition to my holiday cookie tray. I hoped for more orange flavor but found these orange balls to be a bit bland. I followed the recipe exactly. I chilled the dough before rolling it into balls and the consistency was fine. My son hates peacans and coconut so I rolled some in graham cracker crumbs too. They are edible but not spectacular enough to add to my list of Christmas recipes. Read More
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30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2003
The reason I'm writing a review is to tell other people who are unfamiliar with these cookies (like I was) to not be disheartened when they first look at the dough. The cookie does firm up after a day in the fridge and it does end up being a very tasty cookie. Although unusual. It is a no-bake cookie but in this case that doesn't mean it's not time consuming to prepare. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2007
I have been looking for this recipe for years. I first came across it in a magazine in 1971. It called for crushed pecan shortbread cookies (Pecan Sandies) rather than graham crackers or vanilla wafers. Thank you!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2009
Love these! My Grandma has made these all my life and I look forward to them every year! Tip: Put the vanilla wafers in your food processor to grind them up... saves a lot of time. Also stick dough in the fridge for awhile then use a melon scoop and they are all the same size and your hands don't get as messy:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2005
These are absolutely delicious! I wanted to try something new for the holidays and boy am I glad that I did! Easy to make (though it does take some time to crush up all those nilla wafers!!) Thanks for sharing!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2009
I typically do not alter ingredients and then rate a recipe but i just had to try adding 8 oz of cream cheese to this and I am glad I did! Here is what I did....I could not figure out for the life of me why in the world this recipe would need FOUR cups of conf. sugar and then I figured the reason for that was because it had to sweeten the 6 oz of OJ concentrate. So instead I only used about 3 oz OJ and only ONE cup of conf sugar and it turned out GREAT! Otherwise I followed the recipe as stated except I added 8 oz of room temp cream cheese. These were also really good without the OJ in them just the crushed cookies cream cheese and the sugar...YUM! Next time I will make them like that and dip them into white chocolate. Try adding cream cheese you won't be sorry---just make sure it is room temperature so that it "folds" into the cookie crumb mixture well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2010
This is a recipe from our childhoods-DH & I both remember these as Christmas cookies but they make a great cool very sweet treat in the summer too. I use confectioners sugar and/or finely chopped pecans to roll them and chill the mixture then use a small cookie scoop to form the balls. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2008
Great cookies. I added 1 T orange extract then added only enough concentrated orange juice to sufficiently moisten for easy handling. I mixed the pecans into the dough eliminated the coconut then rolled into balls and place on cooling racks. Let dry overnight then drizzle with melted chocolate! before placing into tiny paper cups. Wow my family loves these cookies. White or milk chocolate may be used. I like them both. Yum... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2010
These are my new favorite Christmas cookie! I have also tried them with frozen lemonade and that is AMAZING! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2009
I got an orange ball recipe many years ago from a co-worker and I lost it. I now use this recipe with a few modifications. I add the pecans to the rest of the mixture and then roll the balls in powdered sugar. After the balls have chilled I roll in a second coating of powdered sugar. They are wonderful. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2009
These were just okay. After the good reviews I expected a great addition to my holiday cookie tray. I hoped for more orange flavor but found these orange balls to be a bit bland. I followed the recipe exactly. I chilled the dough before rolling it into balls and the consistency was fine. My son hates peacans and coconut so I rolled some in graham cracker crumbs too. They are edible but not spectacular enough to add to my list of Christmas recipes. Read More
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