Beth's Orange Cookies

Beth's Orange Cookies

Beth Sigworth 0

"These soft, frosted orange cookies are another one of my own recipes. Serve these at your next tea or luncheon party and watch them disappear!!"

Ingredients {{adjustedServings}} servings 109 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 109 kcal
  • 5%
  • Fat:
  • 4.4 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs:
  • 16.2g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 72 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Cream white sugar and shortening; add eggs and stir. Add sour cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla; stir and set aside. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add little by little to the creamed mixture and stir well. Add 3/4 cup orange juice concentrate, and 2 tablespoons orange zest. Drop onto greased cookie sheets by teaspoonfuls.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 10 minutes. Frost cookies when they are cool.
  3. To Make Frosting: Mix together 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, 2 Tablespoons of the thawed orange juice concentrate, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 4 Tablespoons of melted butter, 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar or enough to make frosting of spreading consistency.
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  1. 122 Ratings

Mc Coy

I've made this recipe several times now and have never left a review much to my embarrassment. THESE ARE FABULOUS and can be made as-is, with the exception of doubling the frosting recipe (we like ours with a lot of frosting!) My great grandmother was the Orange Cookie Queen and used to guard her recipe like a government secret... no one else's cookies ever turned out like Great's! Great passed away at the age of 97 in 1992 and never fully revealed her recipe to any of us. I tried this recipe a few years ago and OMG, I thought they were Great's cookies reincarnated... only MUCH easier to make because the recipe has been updated with modern conveniences like sour cream (instead of souring your own) and frozen orange juice concentrate (instead of squeezing your own and working like mad to balance the liquid-dry ingredient ratio.) Beth, my family LOVES this recipe and whenever I make these cookies, the "remember when" stories start flying. Thank you for such a delicious, easy-to-make recipe that brings a warm, nostalgic feeling to my heart... and a yummy satisfaction to my tummy!


I love this recipe and I love Beth Sigworth. When I finish rating this cookie, I'm going to search the site to see if I've missed any of her recipes. Every one that I've tried has been fabulous. Thanks, Beth.


Excellent, soft orange cookie. I used fresh orange zest for maximum orange flavor. I also used an orange-flavored cream cheese icing rather than the glaze; I love the richness of the cream cheese with these cookies. A wonderful change from the old standby cookie recipes!