Orange Drop Cookies

Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 09:03 PM

I am going to step away from my norm again of deep fryers, BBQ smokers, and grills.

Easter season is upon us. There are so many good things to eat that come with the Lenten and Easter season. Friday night fish fry, lamb, fresh ham, pickled eggs. The warmer weather also brings thoughts of getting back outdoors to grill.

My great grandmother was of German decent and lived in Eastern Pennsylvania. She had a traditional cookie recipe that she made every Easter without fail. I love this recipe. The cookies are, light, refreshing, and filled with orangy goodness. It is a very large recipe, and there really is no cutting it in half unless you can cut an egg in half. .So eat hearty or be willing to share.

I do not know the origin of the recipe, if it came from Germany or if it was an Eastern PA. thing. I would dearly have loved to meet this woman. From what I have heard, I believe that she was a really excellent cook.So here is my great grandma Greaser’s Orange Drop Cookie recipe:

2 cup sugar

1 cup shortening

3 eggs

Juice and rind of 2 oranges

1 cup buttermilk (or sour milk)

4 1\2 cup sifted flour

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

dash of salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cream the shortening and sugar. Add the eggs, juice and rind, and milk. In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients, then add to the wet mix.

Mix well.

Drop by the spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 mins or until lightly browned.

Cool and then ice with following glaze recipe:

1 box confectioner sugar

Juice from 1 orange

1 Tbsp. butter

1 egg yolk

Mix together the above ingredients.. When cookies are cool, spread icing glaze on cookies.

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