Grandma Hansen's Orange Cookies By The Genealogy Kids

We have a special present for you. We're sharing our great-great-grandma’s amazing orange cookie recipe! This is absolutely one of the yummiest traditions in our family history.

First, let us tell you a little about our great-great-grandma! Her name was Edna Violet Gulbrandsen, and she was a beautiful, sweet woman from Salt Lake City.

She married a handsome Salt Lake City boy, Harvey Hansen.

We never knew her, but the stories our mom and grandma tell us about her make her legendary. She was a sweet, white-haired grandma who loved little children. She always did things to make them feel special.

She had a massive doll collection, and let us assure you, these dolls were cared for with the utmost attention. She had fun toys and play-jewelry, a house with shag carpet in almost every color, and treats to entertain any child that came to her home. She had tiny little mugs for drinks, she drew Humpty Dumpty on hard-boiled eggs before dropping them on the floor to crack them, and she served hot chocolate with toast cut into little squares for dipping.

She and her husband lived in southern California on an avocado ranch for part of their life. They had orange trees, too, so she could make her cookies with the freshest, most delicious oranges possible! So here it is ... Grandma Hansen's Orange Cookie Recipe:


  • 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 t. baking soda dissolved in 2 T. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 c. chopped nuts
  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • grated rind of 1 orange

Combine ingredients and drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet. Bake at 375′ for 10 minutes. After cooled, pour frosting on top.


  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • grated rind of 1 orange
  • 4 T. freshly squeezed orange juice

We’ve now been eating these beautiful orange cookies in our family for 5 generations! It wouldn’t be Christmas without them!