Orange Date Cookies Recipe

Orange Date Cookies

These old fashioned date cookies are accented with orange peel and a buttery orange frosting.

30 min. prep time
3 1/2 dozen cookies
252 Ratings



1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 (8-ounce) package chopped dates
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda


2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice


Heat oven to 350°F. Combine 3/4 cup butter, sugar, water and dates in 3-quart saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until dates are softened (5 to 8 minutes). Remove from heat; cool 15 minutes. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; mix well.

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire cooling rack. Cool completely.

Combine all frosting ingredients except orange juice in small bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often and gradually adding enough orange juice for desired spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 130

Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 80mg

Carbohydrates: 17g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #7784©1998Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

This is a delicious recipe! I did not make the frosting and they were still great. The recipe is very quick to prepare and turns out well.
I use parchment paper. Works great and saves the quality of the baking sheets.

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