grandma tucker’s recipes

Deloris Tucker was a superb cookie baker, wife of a farmer, and mother to four children. Her memory lives on in the recipes she passed down to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Here are few of our favorites for you to enjoy:



About 24 cookies

Ready In:

45 minutes

Good For:

Midnight pantry raids


Orange Drop Cookies

By: Deloris Tucker

Adapted from the Hillsdale County P.T.A. Cookbook

In a cookbook acquired in 1951, there are many recipes that have been made so many times, the pages are falling apart and stained with the baking ingredients. This recipe for orange drop cookies remains the favorite that she made for her family. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oranges (juiced and rind grated)
  • 1 cup sour milk (still tastes great fresh)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 cups flour


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir until combined. Drop by spoonful onto cookie sheet and bake until very very light golden brown.

Make the frosting by juicing and grating the rind of 2 oranges and mixing with powdered sugar until a light frosting consistency is achieved.

Frost the cookies and enjoy!


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