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Citrus Meltaways

Pucker up buttercup! These tender, crispy Citrus Meltaways are packed with bright, refreshing citrus flavor! They're perfect for your holiday cookie tray and for upcoming citrus season!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Total Time29 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: citrus, citrus season, cookies, dessert, lemon, orange
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 188kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer


  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/3 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening, room temperature, I use Crisco
  • 2 tsp. fresh orange zest
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for dipping


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, almonds, 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar, corn starch and salt until well combined. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, combine butter and shortening. Beat on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add orange and lemon zest and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the flour mixture, beating until you have a well combined ball of dough.
  • Shape the dough into balls with a 1 1/2-inch cookie scooper and place on prepared tray, about 2 inches apart. Flatten each cookie with the bottom of a glass that has been dipped in the granulated sugar.
    Bake for 12-14 minutes, until just lightly browned and firm when gently touched. Add the remaining confectioners' sugar to a shallow bowl or pie plate. While the cookies are warm, dip each cookie, top and bottom in the confectioners' sugar. Place cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.


This recipe will make about 20 cookies using a 1 1/2-inch cookie scooper.
I use Crisco shortening for this recipe.
I bake the cookies at 325 degrees until the edges turn lightly brown, about 14-16 minutes, depending on your oven.


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg