Sunday, December 14, 2008

Orange Drop Cookies

My husband said I should rename this recipe Ambrosia Cookies, but this recipe has been in our family for awhile and I don't want to start changing things. I think he wants the name to more accurately depict the taste; he is, after all, the gourmet in our family.

Ambrosia generally refers to something made from oranges and is especially delicious to taste or smell. It is the food of the gods in ancient mythology and literally means heavenly foods or delicacy. I call this wonderfully-moist, cake-like, sugar cookie with a hint of orange lovely. Apparently, my husband thinks it is heavenly.

As for the picky eater in the family, he has officially titled these "The YUM Cookies". Take it from the gourmet to the picky, it's a good tasting cookie!

1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
2 eggs slightly beaten
juice and rind of 2 medium oranges
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream


  1. Beat butter until fluffy. Add sugar and beat. Add eggs and beat. Add sour cream and beat.

  2. Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add juice and rind from the oranges.

  3. Mix into butter-sugar mixture.

  4. Drop by teaspoon on baking sheet.

  5. Bake until cookie bounces back to touch, about 12 minutes. Here are the cookies just out of the oven. You can see from the picture that they have a little height to them.

  6. Allow to cool on wire rack before frosting.

Box of powdered sugar
2/3 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons orange rind

water; 1 tablespoon at a time

Mix together the first three ingredients in bowl until smooth. You will have a very thick frosting. Begin adding water to the mixture, one tablespoon at a time, until you have a slightly runny frosting consistency. It should look more like yogurt than frosting.

Place aluminum foil underneath wire rake with cookies. This is going to be messy if you don't!Spoon frosting onto the center of each cookie and gently use the back of your spoon to spread the frosting to the edges of the cookie.

Allow frosting to drip over the edges and fully harden on wire rakes before storing. Doesn't that look good? I bet you won't be able to wait for them to harden before you have to eat one!

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