Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My All-time Favorite Christmas Cookies

I going to attempt posting the recipe for my Grandma Truman's Orange Drop Cookies.  These are the best cookies EVER!  Hands down.  End of story.  Here is goes...

This is what you are going to need:

1 1/2 cups brown sugar;  3 1/2 cups sifted flour;  2 cups of powdered sugar

Juice from 2 oranges;  2 Tbls. grated orange peel;  3/4 cup of shortening;  1/4 cup + 1 Tbls. softened Butter;  1 tsp vanilla;  1 cup Buttermilk;  2 tsp baking powder;  1 tsp baking soda;  1/4 tsp salt.

And 2 beaten eggs.

Cream together 3/4 cup shortening; 1/4 cup butter; and 1 1/2 cups brown sugar in large mixing bowl. 

Add 1 cup buttermilk;  1/4 cup orange juice;  2 beaten eggs;  2 Tbls. grated orange peel; and 1 tsp vanilla. 

It should look something like this.  I realize that this isn't very appealing, but hang with me.   I promise this gets better.

Sift together 3 1/2 cups flour;  2 tsp. baking powder; 1 tsp. baking soda;  and 1/4 tsp. salt  Then slowly add to the mixture.

See there!  Doesn't that look better?! 

Using teaspoons, drop batter approximately 2 inches apart on cookie tray.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until slightly golden on edges.

Remove from oven and cool.

Now for the icing...

In a mixing bowl combine 2 cups powdered sugar;  1 Tbls. butter and juice from 1 orange.  (about 1/4-1/3 cup)  You may want to use less juice to get the right texture.  You want it to be smooth, but not runny.

Beat until creamy smooth.

I'm not a perfectionist when it comes to cookies.  I like to just slap the icing on and be done with it.   But do however you feel is best. 

My favorite way to eat this cookie is with a cup of hot tea.  Mmmmmmmm.......

Hope you enjoy!  And I hope it wasn't too confusing.


Kelli said...

Are you sure you've only been blogging for a week because you got it DOWN girlfriend. I am loving the pictures (um, I'll help with blogging if you teach me how to edit These look very ARE sharing right?

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Those sound so yummy! Especially with the icing:)

Zane Wooder said...

I love the icing you add for the final touch. My mom use to make me cookies similar to these and I loved them. Just thinking about them now makes me excited.

-Zane of ontario honey

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