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
- 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.
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