Orange zest lends a delicate floral, citrus flavor to this delightfully crisp and light shortbread cookies. Finished with a vibrant orange and cream cheese frosting, they’re the perfect treat to deliver a taste of sunshine on a chilly winter day.

Pam Lolley
Recipe by Well Done

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Recipe Summary

active:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Yield:
Makes about 28 cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)
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Ingredients

COOKIES
ORANGE-CREAM CHEESE FROSTING (Makes about 1 cup)

Directions

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  • Meanwhile, prepare the Orange-Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat together cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar, and beat well. Beat in zest and juice. Beat in 1 to 2 drops orange food color gel, if desired. Use immediately.

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  • Spread about 1 tablespoon frosting on each cooled cookie, using a small offset spatula.

  • Bake, in batches, in preheated oven until lightly browned on bottom and around edges, 11 to 13 minutes. (Refrigerate second batch while baking first batch.) Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes). 

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