Grandma Jobes’ Orange Cookies

This time of year puts me in a mood for baking. Simon is at a really fun age and loves being involved, if I don’t pull a chair up to the counter for him he does it himself. Unfortunately last week he fell of a chair and split his lip open on the back of the chair as he fell – I need to find a safer solution. For now I am standing really close. Anyway, around this time of year we like to make Grandma Jobes’s Orange cookies. Great Grandma Jobes was a marvelous cook, baker, and professional candy maker. Many of her recipes live on but this one is a favorite of all the grand kids, great grand kids, and now in Simon’s case great great grand kids.

Orange cookies are a cakey style cookie and require both the zest and juice of an orange. I showed Simon how to zest and orange and let him have a try, though it was a bit challenging for him to hold both the orange and the grater at the same time.

The juicing part was a bit easier


Now I warned him not to try and eat an orange with the peal still on it but sometimes experience is the best teacher.


I intended to get a picture of him eating a cookies but he inhaled it so fast it didn’t happen so you will just have to imagine it.


poor cookie, doesn’t know what’s coming.

If you would like to try these at home the recipe is as follows:

Grandma Jobes’ Orange Cookies

Cream together:

  • 1 Cup shortening (I use butter)
  • 1 ½ Cup brown sugar
  • Add 2 eggs
  • ¼ Cup orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

In separate bowl sift together

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Blend cream mixture and flour mixture together with 1 cup of sour milk.
Make sour milk with

  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to
  • 1 cup of milk

Batter will be very soft.

drop onto cookie sheet by the spoon full

Bake at 350* for 15 minutes.

When cooled frost with orange frosting.


  • 1 pound of powered sugar
  • ½ stick of butter
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • I also add a little half and half for smooth consistency.
good cooking! if you make them send me a photo of you or your kiddos enjoying them.

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  1. Hey Emily…Simon is wearing an Alaska grown T-shirt..we also have them, my cousin and family live in Valdez, AK. And yes, work on the pipeline. Why do you have the T’s? 🙂

    Oh…love the photos. We have a chair that is practically a permanent fixture in our kitchen for Lacy.

  2. Faye

    What a beautiful tribute to grandma. Her memory lives on in thousands of ways.

  3. I THOUGHT I remembered you were from AK, but was not positive:) Is there any other way to pronounce Val-DEEEZ?:) Also my aunt and uncle also live there as well. My cousin married someone who works on the pipeline so although she always talked about moving away, love kept her:) Her dad also works on the pipeline, different part though. I’ve been up there about 4 times. Love it.

  4. cindy

    i am so trying these! a thought for simon (poor guy fell off the stool) i never had the space in my house for these.. but friends i have swear by them instead of a stool or chair… (if the link doesnt work go to onestepahead and search for The Kitchen Helper)