This recipe was previously posted in a different form. Click here for the Gluten Free version!
This is the way I prefer to make them. I try to balance out the unhealthy sugar and butter by using whole wheat flour and fresh oranges. Add a little food coloring to the icing and some holiday colored sprinkles and you’ve got a treat for any holiday including the upcoming Halloween!!
Grandma’s Orange Cookies for Halloween
(makes 3-4 dozen)
2 Cups Raw Sugar
1 Cup Earth Balance Vegan Butter
1/2 Cup Unsweetend Applesauce
1 Cup Almond Milk
4 Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 Small orange, rind and juice
1 Box Confectioners Sugar (1 LB)
1 tsp Earth Balance Vegan Butter
1 small Orange, rind and juice
*Optional–Food Coloring (red and yellow to make orange for halloween)
*Optional–Vegan Chocolate Sprinkles
Directions:*Preheat oven to 350 degrees*In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar.*Add applesauce*In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients. Then add to large bowl with butter/sugar mix, alternating with soymilk.*Next, using a grater, and rind from whole orange. Then add juice. (If batter is too runny add more flour 1 Tbsp at a time. Should be the consistency of pancake batter)*Spoon onto cookie sheet, about 1 Tbsp in size. Space out well as these will spread.*Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes (will be soft, but a little brown around edges)*Place on cooling rack or wax paper until cool.*Mix all icing ingredients together (not sprinkles)*Spoon about 1 tsp into center of each cooled cookie (make sure the cookies are cool or else the icing will not stick and harden).*(If using sprinkles add to top before icing hardens).