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An orange glaze lends these treats a bright, sunny flavor.

Orange Butter Cookies

  • Prep Time: Less than 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: Less than 60 Minutes
  • Level: Beginner
  • Course: Dessert
  • Serving Size: Yield 2-3 dozen
Ingredient Description:
1/2 c. butter or margarine, at room temperature
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. grated orange zest, divided
1 large egg yolk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. orange juice

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
  2. In a large bowl, combine butter and granulated sugar; beat with an electric mixer until creamy and well blended.
  3. Beat in 1/2 tsp. of the orange zest, egg yolk and vanilla. Gradually mix in flour, beating at low speed until dough is well combined.
  4. On a lightly floured board, roll out dough about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out with floured decorative cutters about 2-in. wide.
  5. Place cookies slightly apart on a lightly greased medium-size cookie sheet. Gather scraps of dough into a ball; reroll and cut again.
  6. Bake cookies until pale gold all over and lightly browned at edges, about 15 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool.
  7. In a small bowl, blend powdered sugar and orange juice until smooth.
  8. Stir in remaining 1/2 tsp. orange zest. Spread or brush glaze over cookies; let stand until glaze is set, about 10 minutes.