If you’re craving a cookie that’s anything but ordinary, then our fresh orange juice cookies are a must-try! Light and fluffy in the middle with chewy golden brown edges — they are heavenly pillows of deliciousness! Made with real orange juice and orange zest, these orange cookies are bursting with citrus flavor!
Fresh Orange Cookies Recipe
You know those flavors that remind you of a special memory or place?
For me, oranges remind me of playing soccer as a kid. Each week one family was tasked with bringing a bag of orange slices for us kids to fuel up on at halftime. There was something so refreshing about those sweet juicy oranges!
These orange juice cookies are filled to the brim with the same sweet citrus flavor! Made with real orange juice and orange zest, they are fruity, fluffy and delicious!
And don’t even get me started on that orange icing…
We topped our fluffy orange cookies with a sweet orange glaze — I mean, what’s better than a fluffy sugar cookie than a fluffy GLAZED sugar cookie…right?!
I also love the bright orange color of these cookies! They’re such fun treat that the whole family will love! Wouldn’t they be perfect for a soccer themed birthday party?
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What You Need to Make Orange Cookies
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Butter — Be sure to use unsalted butter, as there is already salt in the recipe.
- Sugar — You’ll need white sugar for the cookies and powdered sugar for the icing.
- Orange Juice
- Vanilla extract
- Orange zest — We’ll need at least 2-3 oranges because there’s orange zest in both the cookie batter and the icing.
Kitchen Tools Used:
- Stand mixer — You can also use an electric hand mixer if that’s what you have at home. But if you’ve been eyeing a gorgeous KitchenAid mixer, check out the refurbished options! We bought ours refurbished and saved a ton of money!
- Cookie sheet
- Wire cooling rack
- Non-stick silicone baking mats — These are one of our favorite kitchen items and we use them for almost all of our baking recipes! You can wash and reuse these handy mats over and over and your baked goods will pop right off!
- Medium cookie scooper — Makes portioning out the perfect cookie size a breeze!
- Wire whisk
- Measuring cups and spoons
How to Make Orange Cookies
The beauty of this recipe is that even though we made our orange cookies from scratch, they’re super easy to make!
Once you’ve whipped up your batter, place the balls on a prepared cookie sheet, leaving plenty of space between. A cookie scooper makes this step a breeze!
Then you’ll press down gently on each cookie so they are flatter in shape. You can use the back of a spoon, but I find it’s easier to just use my hands.
When icing the cookies, a plastic squeeze bottle really comes in handy! This allows you to control the flow of icing and make less mess.
TIP: Move the cookies to a wire cooling rack placed on top of a cookie sheet before icing. This keeps the cookies from getting to soggy by sitting in a puddle of excess icing.
Just look at that amazing icing! My mouth is watering just looking back at the photos!
Can these cookies be made dairy free?
Yes! The only dairy in this recipe to begin with is the butter, so it’s pretty easy to substitute here.
We recommend using 7 Tablespoons of shortening + 1 Tablespoon of your favorite non-dairy milk in place of the stick of butter in the cookie batter.
How to Store Iced Orange Cookies
These cookies do not need to be refrigerated, in fact, that might actually dry them out faster.
We recommend storing your orange cookies at room temperature in a sealed container. Try not to stack them, as the icing may stick to the bottom of any cookies you place on top of it.
More of our favorite cookie recipes:
- Texas Sheet Cake Cookies
- Strawberry Champagne Cookies
- Pioneer Woman Cowboy Cookies
- Twix Cookies
- Root Beer Float Cookies
- Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing
- Gluten Free Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
Orange Cookie Recipe (Free Printable Copy)
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Iced Orange Juice Cookies
- Stand mixer
- Cookie sheet
- Silicone baking mat
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Zest of two oranges
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3-4 Tablespoons orange juice
- Zest of one orange
To Make the Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350°F and prep a large cookie sheet with a non-stick silicone baking mat.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter, sugar and orange zest until fluffy (about 3 minutes).
- Add the egg, orange juice, and vanilla, mixing as you go.
- Reduce mixer to low speed and slowly add in the dry ingredients. Continue mixing until well incorporated, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Roll dough into balls, about 1 large Tablespoon of dough each. Place on your prepared baking sheet, about 1-2 inches apart.
- Gently press down the tops of the dough balls so they're flatter in shape.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, watching closely, until the cookies are just beginning to turn golden brown on the edges.
- Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on the pan.
To Make the Icing:
- Add icing ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk vigorously to combine.
- Once cookies have cooled, drizzle icing on top of the cookies and allow to set.
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