Orange Icebox Cookies

These cookies are delicate.  I love them the best of all the ones my mom made, except a Christmas Cookie that I still cannot master. (We’ll talk more about that one later.)    These orange cookies smell delicious while baking and when I open the container they are stored in I can smell the orange.  Don’t slice them too thick or they are too soft. Make sure the dough stays cold while slicing. That has something to do with the crispness.  These were best when she made them at Christmas along with other goodies she included on a plate for friends and neighbors.  These are my choice for a cookie exchange.  They are good with a hot spiced tea.

Orange Ice Box Cookies with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh, squeezed orange juice
  • 2-¾ cups all-purpose
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • ½ cup chopped pecans, optional
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add the egg, orange juice, and orange zest.  Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl with a whisk to lighten and add to the mix.  Finely chop the pecans and mix well. (optional)

Form into 2 logs and wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or until you are ready to bake.  Slice about ¼” thick and bake at 400° for 8 minutes.  Remove to a rack to cool.

When cool, dip in the chocolate chips which you can melt in the microwave.  I use a spoon and cover just one end with the chocolate and put on a rack to harden.  (I put them in the frig or freezer to speed this up.)

Store in an air-tight container.

Enjoy!  Now share your cookie recipe with me at the Holiday Cookie Exchange.

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Comments (10)

  1. heidi

    These cookies look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Great photo!

    1. The Contessa

      Thanks for dropping by my kitchen Heidi. And thanks for the nod to my picture. I practice a lot, am only successful on a few! (pictures that is) Cookies I can do. Drop by our Holiday Cookie Exchange and leave a recipe or send me an email with a recipe!

  2. Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

    Thanks for sharing with us at Foodie Friends Friday. Dawn a host and fellow blogger. Remember to come back Sunday and vote.

  3. Miz Helen

    We would just love your Orange Icebox Cookies, they need to be in my cookie jar. Have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Winnie

    Lovely cookies!! The kind that won’t last long…… :) I could eat them all by myself

  5. Middle Sister

    Tumbleweed Contessa always makes great cookies. I still am able to say I have NEVER burned a cookie. Thanks to the Contessa making me stand post at the oven for many years. Believe me, there are times to multitask, and there is about one time not to — cookie baking time. We are challenging the Contessa with that as she watches grandkids and tries to bake — so she just taught them to bake and stand g

  6. Middle Sister

    stand guard. They love it and so does she! Those two grandkids are a handfull.

  7. Katherines Corner

    oh how wonderful perfect for Santa. Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Happy Tuesday wishes xo P.S. sorry I’m so late visiting :-)

  8. Michelle

    I love orange and chocolate together and these cookies look delicious. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  9. Kris

    These sound perfect for my Christmas cookie platter! Found you over on facebook at the cookie party on Chocolate Chocolate and more. Glad to have found you!


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