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Homemade Orange Cookies Recipe

This recipe for Homemade Orange Cookies creates a cake-like cookie topped with a light and refreshing orange glaze.

orange cookies stacked on plate

These Homemade Orange Cookies are a family treasure.  That’s right – treasure.   These cookies are light and airy and have just the right amount of sweetness.

How To Make Homemade Orange Cookies

For these sweet, citrusy cookies, you need the following:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • Orange zest
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt

For the sweet orange icing, you need:

  • 1 ¼ cups shortening
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 16-ounce box powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

You start by making the cookie dough.  Cream together sugar, eggs, butter, buttermilk, orange zest, and orange juice.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.  Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Allow dough to stand 10 – 15 minutes.  (This is important!).

About 5 minutes before the time is up, preheat the oven to 375 degrees (Fahrenheit).  Drop cookie dough by tablespoonfuls on greased cookie sheets. (I like to use parchment paper on top of my baking stones.). Bake in batches for 12 to 15 minutes per batch.

To make Orange Cream Icing, mix shortening, ¼ cup orange juice, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until smooth and creamy.

Once the cookies have cooled, spread icing on top of each cookie.

These special cookies made with orange juice and orange zest are perfect all year round.

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Homemade Orange Cookies

This recipe for Homemade Orange Cookies creates a cake-like cookie topped with a light and refreshing orange glaze.

Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, holiday cookies, orange
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 batch
Calories 274 kcal
Author Cathy McDonald

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • Orange zest
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt

Orange Cream Icing

  • 1 ¼ cups shortening
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 16- ounce box powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream sugar, eggs, butter, buttermilk, orange zest and orange juice.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Add to creamed mixture. Allow dough to stand 10 – 15 minutes.
  4. Drop by tablespoonfuls on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  5. To make Orange Cream Frosting, mix shortening, ¼ cup orange juice, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until smooth and creamy.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Orange Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 124mg5%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you love oranges and orange-flavored foods, be sure to check out my recipes for Orange Rolls with Orange Creme Icing and my recipe clone for All Steak’s Orange Rolls.

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