Grandma Italian Orange Juice Wedding Tray Cookies

Sunday, May 31, 2009
We always had these in the house when growing up, grandma loved to make cookies with orange juice and dunk them in her coffee...a great recipe! Whenever someone got married she would make a huge batch of these....always a hit!

12 cups flour
9 teaspoons baking powder
2  teaspoons salt
2 cups butter, softened and cut into pieces
2 - 1/2 cups sugar
12 eggs
2 tablespoons anise flavoring
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons almond extract
3 tablespoons zest of half an orange
1/4 cup juice of an orange

extra flour for rolling

Mix all ingredients together to form a ball. Roll into round balls or make logs and S shaped cookies place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. If dough is too sticky add a little flour. If you do the drop method they will flatten as they cook if the dough is sticky and you haven't added more flour to round them.  Bake at 350 till brown on the bottoms. After the cool, frost with a thin frosting made with confectionery sugar and water, sprinkle with non parels (tiny colored candies) and let dry.


  1. I'll make vodka cookies and together we can have screw driver cookies. Seriously these sound good and seem easy to make. I might even be able to make them.

  2. These sound like they are going to be a new favorite for me. When you say "tie in a rope" do you keep tying them and cutting them?

  3. What a great little cookie Claudia, I can see why these would be a huge hit. :)

  4. Looks like I'm going to have to try some of these! Greg, you're too much!

  5. Yes you roll out a little piece of dough in a rope about 2 inches or however big you want them, then tie in a knot. Thanks Janis

    Greg you may have a winner there, sounds like I need to experiment with that idea!
    Thanks Triple D!
    Belinda he (Greg) may be on the right track here!

  6. Oh I love how simple this recipe is... The presentation of fabulous too! I wonder, have you tried to make them with different kinds of oranges... like blood oranges?

  7. I have never had these. I feel so sheltered. They are lovely to look at and so easy to do I will have to try it.

  8. Claudia, thank you for sharing another of your family traditions. These are great cookies!

  9. I haven't seen this type of cookie and they sound so good--I will definitely give them a try. Love anything orange!

  10. it is seriously so cute and lovely
    sounds nice for the eid day thanks for sharing

  11. They're almost too pretty to eat! Love the flavors in these. Thanks for sharing Claudia, have a good one! =]


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