5 days of christmas cookies: babba’s coconut orange drop cookies

Merry Christmas Eve!

For some reason, these are cookies we only ever made at Christmas, but I really don’t see why they can’t become year-round staples. The recipe is from my Babba, my mom’s mom, and they are good eaten at any temperature — warm, room temperature, and cold. In fact, we usually ate them cold because my mom stores all the cookies in the garage, where it is cooler, and where the kids can sneak as many as they want…

christmas cookies


Recipe: Coconut Orange Drop Cookies

Ingredients for Cookies:

  • 3/4 c shortening
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3/4 c orange juice
  • 1 c coconut

Ingredients for Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 T butter, melted
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • roughly 1/4 c orange juice

Directions for Cookies:

  1. Cream shortening and sugar.
  2. Add eggs and beat until smooth.
  3. Add sifted dry ingredients alternating with the orange juice, beating smooth after each addition.
  4. Add coconut.
  5. Drop from teaspoon onto parchment lined cookie sheets.
  6. Bake at 375 F for about 10 minutes.
  7. Ice while warm.

Directions for Icing:

  1. Mix ingredients in a small bowl with a fork.
  2. Add more orange juice as necessary, and ice cookies shortly after they come out of the oven.

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