Some easy orange cookie recipes include About Food’s Orange Shortbread Cookies and Pillsbury’s Fresh Orange Cookies. To make About Food’s recipe, mix together 4 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup packed light brown sugar and 1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel.
Cut in 2 cups of butter until the mixture becomes crumbly. Mix the dough together by hand until it holds together; refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes. Roll out dough between wax paper sheets until it is 1/2 inch thick; cut out the cookies with floured cutters. Place the cookies on ungreased cookie sheets, and bake for 20 minutes at 350 F. If desired, drizzle the cookies with chocolate glaze or icing.
For Pillsbury’s recipe, heat the oven to 375 F. Beat together in a large bowl 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 cup softened butter or margarine until fluffy and light. Add 1 cup sour cream and 2 eggs; blend well. Add 4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2/3 cup orange juice and 3 tablespoons grated orange peel; mix well. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake the cookies for eight to 11 minutes or until the edges are a light golden brown. Meanwhile, create the frosting by blending together 1/4 cup melted margarine or butter, 1 tablespoon grated orange peel and 2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice. Promptly remove the cookies from the cookie sheets after baking. Frost the warm cookies.