Sunday, May 13, 2012

Orange-Almond Drop Cookies with Orange Icing

First let me say, a very Happy Mother's day to all you wonderful moms out there. I hope you all got properly spoiled today. I got my Mother's Day booty on Friday when my boys got home from school. My 7 year-old made me a red ceramic dish with a sweet little heart carved in the bottom, along with a homemade card. My 11 year-old made me a super cool black/orange/glittered, mod-podged flower vase out of a glass bottle. Then on Saturday, my husband surprised me with a beautiful potted azalea, a sweet card and some chocolates (which incidentally are now all gone, cause it's Mother's Day and I can do what I want). Unfortunately today my husband is on a trucking layover for work, in Idaho until tomorrow morning, but we have plans to do something special for lunch tomorrow while the kids are at school. Today it's just me and my boys and we are planning on heading out to see Grandma soon for ice cream and fun. Plus we'll be taking her some of these cookies I baked this morning.

Recently while on a thrift-store outing with my mom I picked up this little gem...

I have sort of a collection happening with Betty Crocker cookbooks. It was the main cookbook my mom cooked from when I was growing up, she had two editions, her main one was a 1969 edition, the other was a 1950's edition (the original, I think?) that came from my grandmother. So after I got married it was the obvious cookbook choice for me as a new cook learning the ropes. I used that cookbook a lot in my first years of married life. Now I feel kinda like I need to own all the editions for some reason even though I don't really cook much from the Betty Crocker cookbook anymore. I guess it just hold a lot of sentimental value for me.

So when I saw this little treasure I was very excited to pick it up. Plus the way they spell "cooky" just makes it unforgettable. There are quite a few great sounding "cooky" recipes in here. I started with the second recipe in the book, which is these Orange Drop cookies.

Orange-Almond Drop Cookies with Orange Icing
~makes about 3 dozen cookies~

Note* The recipe called for using all vegetable shortening for the fat component, as opposed to butter, or a mixture of butter and shortening. If you wanted to, I suppose you could substitute half or all the shortening with butter.

for the cookies
2/3 c. shortening
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1/2 c. orange juice
2 T. grated orange zest
2 c. flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. slivered almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
for the icing
2 1/2 T. softened butter
1 1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar
1 1/2 T. orange juice
2 t. grated orange zest

1. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or by hand) cream together the shortening and sugar. Add egg and mix thoroughly. Add in orange juice and zest, mix thoroughly. Add in the flour mixture. When the flour is almost completely mixed in, add the almonds. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, give the cookie dough one final mix to make sure everything is mixed together.

3. Drop the dough onto an ungreased baking sheets by rounded teaspoons and bake until golden brown around the edges, 8-10 minutes. Remove from and let the cookies set up for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet before removing cookies (with a thin metal spatula) to a wire rack to cool completely.

4. Meanwhile, prepare the icing. In a medium bowl blend together butter and powdered sugar. Add in orange juice and zest. mix vigorously until smooth. Ice the cooled cookies, using about 3/4 t. icing per cookie.

Recipe adapted from the Betty Crocker Cooky Book


  1. That book is an old standby I use occasionally. It really does have a lot of traditional recipes that my mom used to make for special holidays. I have never made these particular cookies but they look tasty. You never really see recipes with a citrus and almond combination, but I think the flavors would work together deliciously. Great photos here!

  2. DELISH! I NEVER say no to orange icing! :D

  3. Happy Mothers Day! Your cookies look so good. What a great find! I'd love to get my hands on one of those Betty Crocker cookbooks. But first I need to visit the States for that. Thanks for sharing:)

  4. these cookies look so delicious, especially with that icing! love that combination of orange and almond!

  5. That is one of my fav cookbooks, but I've never made these! Why have I been denying myself? YUM!!!

  6. I had to laugh when I saw the picture of the Betty Crocker cookbook. My mom has that exact cookbook and I can't tell you how many times I made a brownie recipe out of it. Awesome looking cookies!

    1. Thanks! I know, I love the book. It's so great!

  7. I love vintage cookbooks--and anything involving orange. Happy Mother's Day!