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Orange Cookies with Glaze

Orange CookiesSour cream makes these whole wheat orange cookies moist and soft. Simple orange glaze adds sweetness to this healthy treats. Here is an easy dessert recipe for Orange Cookies with orange glaze.

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable shortening
2 large eggs
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
4 tablespoons orange peel, grated - divided use
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound powdered sugar
1/2 cup orange juice - divided use
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease cookie sheets with cooking spray.

Combine sugar, shortening, eggs, and sour cream in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add in 2 tablespoons grated orange peel and 1/4 cup orange juice, beating well until well incorporated. Set aside.

In another mixing bowl, sift together flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; gradually fold into creamed mixture; stir until thoroughly blended.

Drop mixture by rounded teaspoons 2-inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.  Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, or until the edges just begin to brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

Meanwhile, prepare the orange glaze. Combine powdered sugar, remaining grated orange peel, 1/4 cup orange juice, vanilla, and water in a small bowl; beat until smooth. Spread frosting on top of cooled cookies

Makes 5 dozens Orange Cookies.

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