Serve these cookies every night during Chanukah. Kids have fun decorating them and eating them.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

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  • Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in one egg yolk until completely incorporated. Beat in the other egg yolk along with the orange juice and vanilla. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into desired holiday shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies on prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

83.5 calories; 1.1 g protein; 10.3 g carbohydrates; 27.2 mg cholesterol; 62.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2011
Happy Chanukah in October? I made these because they sounded delicious and indeed they are! I didn't have orange juice but did have orange extract. It gave them a nice subtle orange flavor and the house smells wonderful. I have no sense of depth so some of mine are rolled too thick and some too thin. The too thin are actually perfect. They're very crisp got nicely brown around the edges and held their shape very well. I was concerned with no chill time for this dough that they'd expand but most of mine were fine. The ones that were too thick did spread a bit but that was my fault. The dough was easy to work with too. I lightly floured my rolling surface and they were easy to peel off and bake. I was pleasantly surprised with this recipe since cutout cookies are usually a real pain to me. But I'll make these again for sure. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/11/2014
There could be a bit more flavor. I brushed the tops with egg whites and sprinkled with sugar before I baked them and that helped. Read More
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28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2011
Happy Chanukah in October? I made these because they sounded delicious and indeed they are! I didn't have orange juice but did have orange extract. It gave them a nice subtle orange flavor and the house smells wonderful. I have no sense of depth so some of mine are rolled too thick and some too thin. The too thin are actually perfect. They're very crisp got nicely brown around the edges and held their shape very well. I was concerned with no chill time for this dough that they'd expand but most of mine were fine. The ones that were too thick did spread a bit but that was my fault. The dough was easy to work with too. I lightly floured my rolling surface and they were easy to peel off and bake. I was pleasantly surprised with this recipe since cutout cookies are usually a real pain to me. But I'll make these again for sure. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2011
Happy Chanukah in October? I made these because they sounded delicious and indeed they are! I didn't have orange juice but did have orange extract. It gave them a nice subtle orange flavor and the house smells wonderful. I have no sense of depth so some of mine are rolled too thick and some too thin. The too thin are actually perfect. They're very crisp got nicely brown around the edges and held their shape very well. I was concerned with no chill time for this dough that they'd expand but most of mine were fine. The ones that were too thick did spread a bit but that was my fault. The dough was easy to work with too. I lightly floured my rolling surface and they were easy to peel off and bake. I was pleasantly surprised with this recipe since cutout cookies are usually a real pain to me. But I'll make these again for sure. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/18/2009
As this was posted when the holiday was almost over I am certainly baked out but I have saved it for next year. The ingrediants appear to be very child friendly in terms of a sturdy dough and the orange juice will give a bright flavor. This would be a good child friendly base for hamentaschen also. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2011
Made these for friends this year and they were great. Will use for Christmas cookies as well. Great flavor and wonderfully crisp. thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2012
Loved these cookies! They were such a hit the first time that we made 2 batches! The orange juice is a great touch. They are almost like the orange juice cookies in Modern Jewish Cooking - but better. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2012
This is the exact recipe I grew up with. The recipe was on the lid of the box of my mom's Chanukah cookie cutters. They are good cookies if you like crispy cookies to dunk in your tea. My mom always sprinkled the cookies with blue colored sugar before baking. I find this dough a pain to work with. It is too sticky and then if you add more flour it ruins the taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2012
These cookies were moist and very good. I added homemade icing just for x-mas flare and that was literally just "icing on the cake". WIth or without these cookies are great!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2012
Thank you for this recipe. I made these cookies twice as sugar cookies adding a frosting that I made on my own. The last time for Thanks Giving. I shaped them into menorahs hearts mooses and people using cookie cutters that I have had for a while and finally decided to use them. I will be making more cookies without frosting as butter cookies tonight for my Hanukkah party that will be tomorrow. I will shape them as driedels and menorahs. I love these cookies. I put the dough in the freezer for about Happy Hanukkah eighth night.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2014
I had a slight problem with the dough after the wet and dry were mixed it got clumpy and hard to work with. I added the egg whites for moisture and managed to shape them into balls. After the baking process the cookies turned out well. They are good without frosting and have a mouthwatering smell! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2014
Nice small batch recipe for roll out cookies. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a nice sugar cookie but most recipes make enough to feed 40 people.:) Love that these can be rolled out without refrigeration and that they aren't too sweet. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/11/2014
There could be a bit more flavor. I brushed the tops with egg whites and sprinkled with sugar before I baked them and that helped. Read More
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