Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Citrus Sugar Cookies

My centerpiece for Kathleen's party at Let's Dish! is the chubby snowman that I made out of a towel.  I made one for my sister out of an old cable knit sweater.  You can check out how I did it here.  It's a fun project and really easy.  I set Mr. Chubby Snowman on some batting and added some pine cones.  

My sweet sister bought me these blocks years ago and I have them for every season.  Aren't they cute?

Here's the kitchen table decked out for the Winter theme.

I bought these snowflake plates after Christmas at Kroger's for 75% off.  They ended up being $1.75 and the salad plates were $1.25.

The snowflake placemats came from Kohl's at 80% off.  I think they were $1.59, but I had a %-off coupon.   I used some blue napkins that I had.

I made some snowflake cookies from a cookie cutter that a sweet friend sent me that was filled with the most delicious peppermint bark.  I enjoyed every bite!!

Citrus Sugar Cookies

I got this recipe at the hairdressers from a sweet lady that passed them out to all the clients.  I love the hint of citrus in the cookies.    Here's the wonderful recipe if you'd like to give them a try:

2/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 t. orange zest (see NOTE)
1/2 t. vanilla
1 egg
4 t.. milk
1 and 1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
2 cups sifted flour

Cream the shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add the zest, vanilla, egg and milk and mix together.

In a small bowl, mix together the baking powder, salt and flour.  Add to the creamed mixture mix until all the flour is mixed in.

Chill the dough for at least an hour.  (I chilled the dough over night).

Roll the dough out onto a floured cutting board. (You can roll the dough however thick you like your cookies).    Cut with cookie cutters and bake at 325 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  

NOTE:  My Tip for Yvonne's TTT is that my hubby zests oranges for me and freezes it for when I need some.  You can spread it out flat and then break off chunks.


3 T. softened butter
2-3 T. milk
about 2 cups powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla

Mix all the ingredients together until the right consistency.  Frost the cookies and decorate as desired.

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     Thanks so much for visiting my kitchen!


  1. Oh, Kitty!

    What an adorable post - love your winter theme!

    You made a really cute snowman, and I love you and your sister give one another such nice gifts!

    I ADORE those placemats - they're beautiful!

    As for your hubs freezing the zest- that's brilliant! I tend to use dried orange zest because it's so simple, but I think your hub's has a great idea there!

  2. Those sound good, Kitty! I think they'd be good with lemon zest as well. I like your placemats and dishes too. Like your cute blog favicon too, Kitty! Your designer did a bang-up job!
    xo Beth

  3. Hello Kitty! (I love saying that) *snicker*

    I was just on my way over to your blog to tell you how pretty your tea set was, with the cranberry nutbread, when I saw this wonderful winter wonderland! I just love your chubby snowman in the middle & how great are all those snowflakes finds! I need to shop our Kohls more often. It is right next to our Target & I go in there first & seem to spend all my money! LOL

    GREAT job on meeting Cuisine Kathleen's challenge!

  4. oops...forgot to say 'thank you' for both the pretty cookie recipe and for that tip about freezing orange zest. I have some lemon zest frozen but why I never thought to do my oranges is beyond me. ~~insert rolled eyes~~
    I will next time!!!

  5. Lovin' your snowflakey theme Kitty! We had some white stuff Monday night and sounds like Friday might get a little messy here! The cookies sound great, cute little candy decoration in the middle too-enjoy:@)

  6. Nice winter tablescape Kitty.
    Got my thinking cap on here - couldn't we just add some citrus zest to your other sugar cookie recipe that I use? How does this one compare for taste? Great tip about freezing orange/lemon zest.

  7. Your snowman is adorable, Kitty! I think even I could make him. {I am not much of a seamstress, I'm afraid.} Your cookies are really pretty and taste delish, I'm sure. Great idea for freezing zest too. Thank you for sharing this at my HOME and enjoy the rest of your week, my friend.


  8. Will definitely try these cookies. Love the idea of a citrus zest. There is that adorable snowman you made. He is so cute! Darling winter table, Kitty.

  9. Beautiful winter scape and the cookies are delightful, Kitty.

  10. Such a cute cute table.. I love those red plates! And still loving the towel snowman! I have to try these cookies (I actually found the snowflake cookie cutters in my craft room, ???)! xo marlis

  11. What an adorable snowman...he is perfect for the centerpiece on a winter table. I love the place mats...and the cookies sound so is one of my favorite flavorings for cookies or cakes..

  12. I love anything with citrus, and especially during the winter months. Your cookies look great, and I'm glad you are enjoying the cookie cutter ;o) Such a cute table, and I love your new red plates with the placemats. The towel snowman puts a smile on my face!

  13. What a sweet snowman, and made out of a towel. Very creative. I would love the citrus in sugar cookies. Delicious!

  14. Hi Kitty, You always have the best recipes!! I want to try them all. And I was searching for a snowflake cutter yesterday when I was making a pie, but I couldn't find one. Yours would have been perfect. I freeze my lemons and limes, so I should try oranges too! Linda

  15. The snowman is adorable! Really cute tablescape! Those cookies look delicious!

    Maybe you should go to Ross and get the flatware, I have used mine in a lot of tablescapes.


  16. Hi, Kitty! That's a great tip on the orange zest! I think I'll do it with lemon zest since I use that occasionally. And I'll have my husband to do it so I don't scrape all the skin off my fingers!!! I've been VERY accident-prone lately. :-) You did a GREAT job making that snowman out of a towel!!! That's really cool! His rosy little cheeks are cute. TERRIFIC buy on the plates!!! That Kroger store seems to have some pretty good stuff. Of course, we haven't had one here since the early 1970s. :-( I'm still taking a little tablescaping break so that I can get my office together for the upcoming year. Everything had just gotten SO outta hand in here!!! I hope all the work I've put into it works to my advantage...especially when I start getting stuff ready for the accountant for taxes!!! Have a great week, Kitty!

  17. Your snowman is precious, and I love the idea of making it with a cable knit. Thanks so much for the Citrus Sugar Cookie Recipe. I'm going to have a Kitty Cookbook before long. I like all of your recipes! Cherry Kay

  18. I love all of your snowflakes! And your snowman is adorable!

  19. Oh your snowflakes cookies are very pretty, Kitty...Christine

  20. The sugar cookies with orange zest sound yummy! I love your winter themed table, and I think I have that same snowflake cookie cutter. Your cookies look so pretty!

  21. I love citrus in baked goods, I bet these are delish! I have a pile of Meyer Lemons to use up...I bet lemon cookies would be good as well. Visiting from Miz Helen's!

  22. Your cookies look delicious Kitty! I love your chubby snowman as your centerpiece and always amazed at the bargains to be had a Kohl's for the table :)

  23. I love your tablescape, Kitty. Your snowman and cute little blocks are just the right touches. And your plates couldn't be any more perfect for Kathleen's theme. What fun.

  24. Hi Kitty, love your happy table. The snowman put a smile on my face, loved the addition of the sweet blocks. Thanks for sharing the recipe. hugs ~lynne ~

  25. Kitty, such a fun table. I love your little snowman. Great choice of color for a Winter's day. Bargains are fun! Wonderful recipe for a cute little cookie. XO Linda

  26. Those are stunning cookies - so perfectly iced :)
    Mary x

  27. Super cute sugar cookies! Just saw them over at Miz Helen's Country Cottage. Would love to have you link up at my first ever link party that I just opened for the weekend :) Hope to see you there!

    Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes}

  28. Hi Kitty,

    We are your newest followers. :o)

    This is such a cute display ~ I love WINTER!!

    The Busy Bee's.

  29. What a cute table! I am saving your cookie recipe, as sugar cookies and shortbread are my favorites. Anything with citrus always gets me (fat)!

  30. Hi Kitty,

    I love this table, dear friend. :) I saw your tutorial on making the snowman; it's such a cute idea. Your whole table looks darling, but I especially love those placemats. The snowflake cookies are the shining spot of your post. I need to use my snowflake cookie cutters; your cookies are so pretty and decorative! I really like the idea of adding some citrus to the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  31. Kitty,
    We just love a good Citrus Cookie and this recipe looks great. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your tasty recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  32. A snowman out of a towel.....I like that and I like your cookies! I can't believe you got those dishes at such a great price at Kroger. My Kroger had nothing like that or I would have snapped some up.

  33. I love your snowman, and that place mat is beautiful!

    The cookies sound delicious, and I love your hint. I don't always have fresh oranges in the house.

    Thanks so much for taking the Winter Challenge at Let's Dish!

    1. And I guess Debbie sent the cookie cutter, lol!

  34. Kitty, I'm coming over. lol. That placemat is gorgeous and your cookies look delish! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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