Aunt Linda’s Orange Cookies

IMG_0068I recently asked the Trace Bakes private group on FACEBOOK; What is your favorite cookie and why?  I’d like to share my answer to the question on my blog.

For me, a favorite is not only something that tastes fantastic, but is something that triggers an emotional response as well. A flavor that just takes you back to a happy place; back in time that you can forever remember as something truly yours. For me, it’s Aunt Linda’s Orange Cookies.

My Great Grandmother Boerger made orange cookies from what I’ve been told, as I was very young when she passed away. (And I have the recipe too.) My understanding is Aunt Linda carried on her tradition (her grandmother) to family get togethers. But I do like her recipe over great grandmother’s. The cookie itself isn’t over sweet and it helps to balance the orange icing. It’s easy to make and it just a fun recipe to bake.

When baking these cookies, I remember sitting in the back seat of my mom and step-dad’s Rambler, probably not buckle up, because we didn’t do that back then, but maybe?? Anyhow, headed to Granny and Grandpa’s house for Christmas Eve dinner and celebration. With not a care in the world about anything but wondering what I would open up under the tree, we would arrive anxiously awaiting the festivities of opening presents. But first, we must eat!

And eat we did, yummy ham, turkey, all of the fixings and of course desserts! But what I remember most about all of the food was Orange Cookies. I’m not sure if Aunt Linda made them at that time, but I do remember enjoying them with my brother Rick…so soft, sweet and delicious. The type of cookie that you can’t eat just one!

Today, I adore these cookies. It takes me back to a simpler time and makes me smile as I labor over creating the creamy batter that turns into pure baking heaven. Then while icing the cookies, I think of how much time I was so fortunate to have with my Aunt Linda and Uncle Dan. Always welcomed, for me, it was great place to “hang out” and be myself!

So for me, this cookie is a representation of family and love, while not necessarily ever spoken, I felt loved by my family and today I still feel that love when I make these cookies. So this is why it makes these my favorite cookie (right next to my mom’s Snickerdoodles)!  Below is the recipe, and I added my own little touch to make them extra flavorful and soft.  Enjoy the bake!


Aunt Linda’s Orange Cookies

1 cup margarine

2 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 cup sour cream

Grate orange peel and juice from one orange – about 1/4 cup of juice

1/2 tsp orange extract

4 cups of flour, plus 2 tbs

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

Beat together butter, eggs, sugar, sour cream, zest, orange juice and orange extract until well combine. Add flour mixture two large heaping serving spoonfuls until fully mixed into wet mixture, making for a lovely silky batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes.

After completely cooling, ice.

Orange Buttercream Icing

1 lb of powdered sugar

1/4 lb of margarine

Grate orange peel and juice from one orange – about 1/4 cup of juice

Beat margin until smooth, add juice and zest and slowly mix in powdered sugar until smooth icing.

Orange Cookies with Icing – Nutrition Facts
Servings: 42
Amount per serving
Calories 196
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1.9g 9%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 113mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 30.1g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 1%
Total Sugars 20.5g
Protein 1.8g
Vitamin D 1mcg 4%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 45mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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1 thought on “Aunt Linda’s Orange Cookies”

  1. Yes you are so right the food takes you back ! Those snicker-doodles were the first cookie I learned to bake that was over 60 years ago and I can still see the kitchen!!! and the cookies coming out of the oven! I was so excited with the outcome… And so was Dad……..

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