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Orange Cookies by Mrs. Millikin (VRP 001)

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Orange Cookies by Mrs. Millikin are a delightful treat, perfect for those who love oranges’ fresh, zesty flavor in a soft, sweet cookie. Featuring a unique ingredient—ground orange—these cookies offer a burst of citrus that pairs wonderfully with the sweet icing on top.

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Orange Cookies by Mrs. Millikin

Orange Cookies by Mrs. Millikin

Front of the recipe card for Orange Cookies by Mrs. Millikin. There is a notation that the recipe is from Mrs. Millikan and that it is “good.”

Food History

Using citrus in baked goods has a long history, dating back to ancient times when fruits like oranges were used for their flavor and preservative qualities in cakes and breads. The incorporation of oranges into cookie recipes brings a bright and refreshing twist to traditional sweet treats, and Mrs. Millikin’s recipe stands out with its full use of the orange, pulp and zest alike, for maximum flavor.

Recipe Discussion

This recipe starts with creaming together shortening and sugar, to which eggs and sour milk are added for moisture and richness. The ground orange adds a vibrant citrus flavor and subtle texture to the cookie dough. Flour, baking powder, and baking soda are sifted and then mixed into the wet ingredients to form a soft dough. After baking, the cookies are topped with a simple icing made from powdered sugar, butter, and more ground orange, creating a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess.

Serving Suggestions

Serve these Orange Cookies fresh with a cup of tea or a glass of cold milk. They’re wonderful for afternoon snacks, brunch treats, or as a cheerful addition to a cookie platter for gatherings.

Preparation Tips

  • Ground Orange: Make sure to finely grind the orange to distribute the flavor evenly without large chunks.
  • Cookie Consistency: If the dough is too sticky to handle, chill it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before shaping and baking.
  • Icing Texture: Adjust the amount of orange in the icing to achieve your desired consistency. If the icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar; if too thick, a little more orange juice or pulp can loosen it up.

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Orange Cookies by Mrs. Millikin Recipe

Orange Cookies by Mrs. Millikin

Mrs. Millikin’s Orange Cookies

Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


Cookie Batter

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour milk
  • 1 ground orange
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 cups flour


  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 ground orange


  1. Cream shortening and sugar
  2. Add eggs, sour milk, and orange
  3. Sift dry ingredients and blend into creamed mixture
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes
  5. Blend powdered sugar and butter
  6. Add orange until icing is desired consistency
  7. Add top of cookies

Mrs. Millikin’s Orange Cookies are a delightful way to enjoy the essence of oranges in a homemade cookie. This recipe is a testament to the timeless appeal of citrus in baking, providing a fresh twist on classic cookies that is sure to please any palate.

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Robert Noble

Sunday 29th of March 2020

I was so happy to find this recipe after misplacing my index card with my grandma's very same. Orange cookies were a once a year treat on my birthday. Upon receipt l would hide the bounty from everyone. A couple pointers, chill the mixing bowl before creaming the cold butter and sugar, double the baking powder, and depending on how crowded the cook time may take longef. Thanks for preserving the recipe.

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