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Homemade Orange Cookies Recipe

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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.

Since I know that a lot of people don’t want to read through long stories to get to the recipe, I’ll shorten it.  My mom has been known throughout the years for giving cookie platters at Christmas that are loaded with a HUGE assortment of her homemade cookies.  Out of a gazillion types of cookies, her Orange Cookies are my favorite.

My mom finally started just making her Orange Cookies at Christmas for my brother and me because it was all that we wanted.  These cookies are light and airy and have just the right amount of sweetness.

You don’t have to wait for Christmas to enjoy these special cookies.  With orange juice and orange zest, they are perfect all year round.

Yield: 1 batch

Homemade Orange Cookies

Homemade Orange Cookies

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


  • 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 Frosting

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


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream sugar, eggs, butter, buttermilk, orange zest and orange juice.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Add to creamed mixture. Allow dough to stand 10 – 15 minutes.

Drop by tablespoonfuls on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

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

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

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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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