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Orange Cookies – Sugar Spun Run

These orange cookies are infused with contemporary orange juice and zest and topped with a easy frosting. They’re so comfortable, tender, and brightly flavored (and there’s no chilling required!).

Why You’ll Love These Orange Cookies

  • Shiny orange taste from actual oranges–no extracts, synthetic flavors, or gelatin right here. I make my strawberry cookies with actual strawberries too, in case you’d prefer to strive a special however equally tasty fruity cookie.
  • No chilling required! The dough doesn’t have to be chilled, so you’ll be able to bake straight away. In case you’re impatient like I’m, it is a large plus 😁
  • Lofthouse-style look and texture with their flat, spherical form and easy frosting. And don’t overlook the orange zest on high!
  • Talking of frosting, we’re utilizing a easy and engaging frosting right this moment. You could possibly pipe it on high if you wish to get slightly fancy, however I like to only unfold it on with an offset spatula.

These orange cookies are a lot enjoyable! They’ve a vibrant and contemporary orange taste that particularly comes by means of within the frosting, so don’t skip it. I additionally add some cream cheese to the frosting as a result of it actually enhances the orange taste (similar to the frosting on my orange rolls!).

The cookies themselves are comfortable and tender (once more, suppose lofthouse-esque) and have to be flattened after baking. Just like my lemon meltaways, this helps create a dense but concurrently extra tender, melt-in-your-mouth middle and a flat floor for making use of the frosting. 

I can’t wait so that you can strive them, so let’s dive proper in!

What You Want

Let’s briefly go over just a few of our key elements earlier than we get began with our cookies.

  • Oranges. Contemporary oranges are a should for these orange cookies! We’ll be utilizing the zest and juice of our oranges; I sometimes discover that I would like three oranges for this recipe, however you might want kind of relying on the dimensions of yours.
  • Egg yolks. We’re utilizing solely the yolks of our eggs right here for tender and chewy outcomes. In case you’d like to make use of your egg whites as an alternative of throwing them away, you need to use them for coconut macaroons, French macarons, or angel meals cake (simply to call just a few choices!).
  • Butter. I take advantage of softened unsalted butter for each the cookies and the frosting, although you may use salted for every if that’s all you’ve gotten available. In case you do use salted for the cookies themselves, you have to to cut back the extra salt to ¼ teaspoon.
  • Cream cheese. Keep on with full-fat, brick-style cream cheese. Be sure to let the cream cheese soften beforehand so it may simply mix with the butter to make the orange frosting.

SAM’S TIP: At all times zest your citrus earlier than juicing; it’s almost not possible to zest after (I all the time find yourself grating my knuckles this manner… ouch!).

Bear in mind, that is simply an outline of the elements I used and why. For the total recipe please scroll right down to the underside of the submit!

Methods to Make Orange Cookies

  1. Cream the butter, orange zest, and sugar till gentle and fluffy, then stir within the egg yolks and blend till mixed. Including the orange zest at this step helps to launch its oils, finally leading to a extra pronounced orange taste.
  2. Slowly drizzle within the orange juice whereas stirring on low pace, then combine till mixed.
  3. Whisk the dry elements collectively in a separate bowl earlier than progressively including them to the moist elements.
  4. Roll scoops of dough between your palms, then bake. Be sure the dough balls are easy and even so that they have a pleasant spherical form as soon as baked!
Overhead view of cookies on a baking sheet being flattened after baking.Overhead view of cookies on a baking sheet being flattened after baking.Overhead view of cookies on a baking sheet being flattened after baking.
  1. Flatten every cookie with the underside of a measuring cup or glass, then let the cookies cool utterly. I prefer to make the frosting whereas the cookies cool.


Overhead view of frosting being smoothed over cookies.Overhead view of frosting being smoothed over cookies.Overhead view of frosting being smoothed over cookies.
  1. Stir the cream cheese and butter collectively till easy, then progressively add the powdered sugar.
  2. Add the orange zest and juice, then stir till the frosting is totally mixed.
  3. Unfold the frosting on high of the cooled cookies.

SAM’S TIP: I like so as to add extra orange zest on high of my frosted orange cookies, however you may skip this and even exchange it with some enjoyable sprinkles as an alternative.

Ceaselessly Requested Questions

Do I must refrigerate these orange cookies?

I’m comfy leaving mine out of refrigeration for as much as two days, however in case you really feel higher refrigerating straight away (due to the cream cheese), then by all means achieve this. In case you plan to maintain them past two days, I like to recommend storing your orange cookies within the fridge.

Can I freeze them?

Sure! Retailer your orange cookies in an hermetic container within the freezer, and they’re going to preserve for a number of months. Whenever you’re able to take pleasure in, merely let the cookies sit at room temperature to thaw.

Do I’ve so as to add the frosting?

Clearly I can’t drive you to, however the frosting is a giant contributor to the orange taste of those cookies. So in case you depart it off, your orange cookies gained’t have as robust of a taste, and so they additionally gained’t be as candy as supposed. I strongly suggest together with it!

That is my remaining cookie recipe of 2023–whew! I’ve shared SO many this 12 months and would like to know which one was your favourite 💕

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Orange Cookies

These orange cookies are infused with contemporary orange juice and zest and topped with a easy frosting. They’re so comfortable and tender with no chilling required!


Course: cookie, Dessert

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Prepare dinner Time: 11 minutes

Whole Time: 26 minutes

Servings: 31 servings

Energy: 211kcal

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  • Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Put aside.

  • In a big mixing bowl utilizing an electrical mixer, mix butter, sugar, and orange zest and beat nicely till gentle and fluffy.

    1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter, 1 ⅓ cups (267 g) granulated sugar, 1 Tablespoon orange zest

  • Beat in egg yolks till mixed.

    2 massive egg yolks

  • Whereas stirring, slowly drizzle in orange juice till mixed.

    3 Tablespoons orange juice

  • In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk collectively flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

    3 ⅓ cups (416 g) all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ¾ teaspoon salt

  • Steadily add dry elements to moist, stirring till utterly mixed.

  • Scoop into 1 ½ tablespoon sized balls and roll gently between your palms to kind into spherical balls. Place on ready baking sheet, spacing cookies at the very least 2” aside.

  • Switch to middle rack of 350F (175C) oven and bake for 11 minutes. Take away from oven and, inside one minute of eradicating from oven, use the clear backside of a glass to softly flatten every cookie to create a flat floor for the frosting.

  • Whereas cookies are cooling, put together frosting.


  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir collectively cream cheese and butter till easy and creamy.

    4 oz (113 g) cream cheese, 4 Tablespoons (56 g) butter salted or unsalted

  • Steadily stir in powdered sugar till mixed.

    3 cups (375 g) powdered sugar

  • Add orange juice and orange zest and stir till nicely integrated.

    2 Tablespoons orange juice, 2 teaspoons orange zest

  • As soon as cookies are utterly cooled, unfold frosting on high of cookies. If desired, high with extra orange zest. Serve and luxuriate in.



Retailer in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as two days or in an hermetic container within the fridge for as much as 5 days (I want cookies at room temperature so if I refrigerate them I normally allow them to sit at room temperature for quarter-hour or so earlier than having fun with).


Serving: 1serving | Energy: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fats: 9g | Saturated Fats: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fats: 2g | Trans Fats: 0.3g | Ldl cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 301IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Dietary data relies on third-party calculations and must be thought of an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will range primarily based upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking methodology, portion sizes, and extra.



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