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Yummy Orange Shortbread Coookies

Updated on April 10, 2015
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shortbread coookies

The first time I had a taste of shortbread cookies was on a Northwest Airlines flight a very long time ago. I can still remember the buttery taste and light texture of the cookie and I've been a fan of shortbread cookies ever since. Northwest Airlines no longer exists, but the desire for more of those cookies remain and there are times in my life that nothing else matters except getting my hands on some good old fashioned shortbread cookies.

I've been making them for many years and although I like them plain and unadorned, I sometimes like to play around a bit just for variety. Half of the time my experiments don't turn out the way I imagined. For example, I tried using a combination of kiwi and avocado puree ( don't ask! ) just because I had these lying around. I really don't know what I was thinking! Those went right into the trash bin.

Today I'll share with you one of the more successful ones. With shortbread I find that keeping things simple is usually better and this recipe delivers in terms of simplicity and taste. The only special ingredients I've added to this shortbread cookie recipe are orange zest and orange juice. I don't even use a cookie cutter of any kind, although you could if you wanted to. I just roll them into balls and flatten them into uniform shapes. I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I love them.

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • Yields: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons orange juice

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, orange juice and orange zest until smooth.
  2. Add flour, salt and baking soda. Mix with your hands until well blended.
  3. Prehead the oven to 350F.
  4. Form the dough into walnut-sized balls. Flatten and arrange onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Eat it all or store in an airtight container.

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Do you like shortbread cookies? What's your favorite cookie? Please feel free to share your thoughts.

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      One of my favorite cookies! Your recipe sounds divine...love the addition of orange to the shortbread. I've tried them with lemon, but not orange. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @favored: Thanks so much!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Shortbread cookies are my husband's favorite, so I'm sure he would like these. Another great recipe of yours :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @WriterJanis2: Yum! Me too!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I love Scottish shortbread cookies.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: Haha, that would be a good idea. Although you may not like the horrendous mistakes I sometimes make.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ecogranny: Thank you Grace. I hope you get to try these.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Susan300: Thank you.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Jerzimom: Thanks for visiting!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @nifwlseirff: Yay! I'm so happy so many like shortbread.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Pam Irie: Thanks! I hope you get to try them.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Heidi Vincent: Thanks for visiting!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @SheGetsCreative: Thank you for visiting!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VioletteRose LM: Thank you.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @JohnCumbow: Thank you!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @resabi: Thanks for visiting!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Elsie Hagley: Let me know how it goes kiwi.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Oh yes. Orange zest would be the perfect ingredient. Sounds absolutely delicious. I wish you were my neighbor. You could bake and I could be your taste tester.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Adventuretravels: Happy new year to you as well!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Lorelei Cohen: Thanks Lorelei. I hope you get to try them.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @mojoCNYartist: Thank you so much!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @LornsA178: Thank you Lorns. Love your recipes!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @chrisilouwho: Thank you Chris. I can't help experimenting. It's my thing. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Craftymarie: Then I think you would love these.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sousababy: Ohh, maple sounds really good! I can taste it already.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Nancy Hardin: Lemon ones are good too Nancy. i'd like to try making green tea ones in the future.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      My mouth is watering at the thought of the orange zest in these cookies. Oh my! Want one right now. Congratulations on your feature in the December top ten Food Club quest. Well deserved!

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      Susan300 3 years ago

      These look yummy! :)

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      These orange Shortbread cookies sound delicious.. Thanks for sharing.

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      nifwlseirff 3 years ago

      I love shortbread, and it's never Christmas without some!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Yes, I adore shortbread cookies! I like the sound of your orange version!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Anything with nuts or almonds are my favourite.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I like shortbread - looking forward to trying out your variation.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      sounds great!

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      JohnCumbow 3 years ago

      I love shortbread...

      And oranges.

      Great combination!

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      resabi 3 years ago

      This recipe combines 2 favorite flavors. Yum!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes I do like these cookies but have never tried orange in them.

      Thanks for the recipe I will certainly try these.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      I like the sound of adding orange to the biscuit. Lovely touch. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Happy New Year.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I love shortbread cookies and your recipe really puts a new twist on them. Look delicious.

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      Dan 3 years ago from CNY

      These sound really good

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      LornsA178 3 years ago

      Butter cookies is always up there in my list of favorite cookies. Another good recipe from you, thanks!

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      I love that you take risks with food ideas, I generally stick to recipes but I wish I was a little more adventurous sometimes. These look yummy!

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      Marie 3 years ago

      I love orange flavored things and these cookies look delicious.

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      It's great that you experiment with food (I've plenty of disasters that I'll never write down). I must keep step no. 7 in mind - and I do love shortbread cookies. My favorite cookie is maple.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love shortbread cookies, but have never tried orange ones. Something to bookmark for the future for my recipe box. Have to make them soon, and thanks for sharing.