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Published: Tuesday, 10/6/2009

Frosted Orange Cookies

2 medium navel oranges

1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

1 tablespoon butter, melted

With a sharp knife, score each orange into quarters; remove peel. Use a knife to remove white pith from peel and fruit and discard. Quarter the oranges and place in a blender. Add peel; cover and process until smooth (mixture should measure cup). In a large bowl, cream the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk and 6 tablespoons orange mixture. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture until blended.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 13 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned.

Remove to wire racks to cool.

For the frosting, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, butter, and enough of the remaining orange mixture to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cookies.

Yield: 4 dozen

Source: Taste of Home magazine

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