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Orange Drop Cookies

• 29 April 2008

The other day I felt a little nostalgic for my teens. Kind of weird I know. But I wanted to badly to listen to the Judybats, hang out at Village Thrift with Kandell & Co., have a sleepover with Ali, and feel the humidity of a Ohio summer on my skin.

Here I am, fifteen plus years later, a mother of 3 and dealing with some considerable responsibilities (aren't we all?). It's overwhelming at times and perhaps that's why I found myself wishin' for the good ol' days :) Do you ever experiences waves of nostalgia too?

I consoled myself by making a cookie I enjoyed as a teenager. It's been YEARS since I've enjoyed an Orange Drop Cookie and I thought it high-time I whipped out a few dozen :) This recipe is fairly easy to make and calls for ingredients you are likely to have on hand.

Orange Drop Cookies

1-1/2 cups packed light brown sugar

1 cup butter

2 eggs

1 tablespoon fresh orange zest

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups sifted flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup buttermilk (click here for a substitution)

Cream brown sugar and margarine. Add eggs, orange peel and vanilla. Beat until fluffy. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, alternating with buttermilk. Drop by teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Frost while still warm.


1 tablespoon orange zest

4 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice

3 tablespoons butter

Powdered sugar

Cream the butter and orange zest in a mixer (paddle attachment). Add 2 TB of the orange juice and about 3/4 to 1 cup of powdered sugar. Add the remaining orange juice. Continue mixing. Add enough powdered sugar to make it the desired consistency.


  1. We always made these cookies around Christmas time. I remember when you guys used to go to the thrift store too....the good ol' days...

  2. I"ve been craving these cookies for the last couple of weeks... I associate them with your adolescence too! Thank you for posting this-- I've been meaning to ask you for it, and probably would kept forgetting to.

  3. My mother made these cookies, but she shredded some carrot into them too. Creative use of veggies I guess.

  4. OMG I totally miss going THRIFTING!!!! We used to have so much fun. Remember making snickerdoodles in Home Ec? What was that teacher's name? I still think of us as 15yr olds... Miss you girlfriend!

  5. These sound divine!! Love your blog!

  6. These sound so good! And I completely know what you mean about the Ohio summers! Where did you live? I'm from Cincinnati!

  7. Village Thrift was awesome! I sure do miss it. I wonder if it's still as good, so many years later. Love your blog. I can't believe it's snowing in Utah....maybe I should send you some sand from Charleston. Glad your making the most of it.


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