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January 2nd, 2005

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Grandmother's Orange Cookies
From Ron Eagle Elk (REE), WA

Here's the recipe for The Orange Cookies. They are a special favorite of mine, as they are exactly what my Grandma always had waiting in the cookie jar for my visits as a kid. My Grandma passed away when I was pretty young so I didn't really understand what had happened. The next time I went to visit my Grandparents, the cookie jar was empty and I knew my Grandma wouldn't be back. The recipe Grandma had disappeared long ago, until my wife Vicki (VEE) searched one out and tweaked it so the cookies tasted like Grandma's.


    1/2 C. shortening

    2 1/2 C. Flour

    1 Cup Sugar

    1/2 tsp. Salt

    2 Eggs

    1 Tbs. Grated Orange Peel

    1/2 C. Orange juice

    1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

Cream together shortening and sugar; add eggs on at a time, and beat well. Add orange juice and mix. Blend in dry ingredients. Drop onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Orange Frosting:

    6 Tbs. Butter

    2 tsp. Grated Orange Peel

    1 lb. bag confectioner's (powdered) sugar

    2 Tbs. Orange Juice

    1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter and Orange peel, gradually add about half of the sugar, blending well. Beat in orange juice and vanilla. Add enough sugar to make a spreading consistancy.

Hope that makes sense to the baker in your house.

Peace, Good Health and Happiness from our house to yours, ~ REE and VEE

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