Orange Cookies Recipe (2024)

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A deliciously refreshing Christmas Cookie recipe. Really these could be made all year long! Try these delicious Orange Cookies this holiday season!Orange Cookies Recipe (1)

It is that time of year. The time of year when you deck the halls with ribbons, evergreens, and tinsel. The time of year when the kids squeal when they see Santa at the mall and circle every toy in the catalog with a big red marker. It is the time of year when my kitchen reeks of the smell of baked goods rising in the oven.

I love to bake cookies. Dozens and dozens of cookies. Don’t worry I don’t eat them all myself, but I love to give them as gifts! This is one of our family favorites that make a ton of cookies, but everyone is absolutely delicious! You can see more delicious Cookie Recipes right here!

I have recently switched it up and made them gluten free and dairy free with excellent results. There are substitutions in the recipe below.

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I do recommend making these with a cookie scoop. I t will make the best uniform cookies and it will help them bake evenly.

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Prep Time:15 minutes mins

Cook Time:15 minutes mins

Total Time:30 minutes mins




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Grate orange rinds to get zest. You will want the zest of all 3 oranges. After you have grated cut open and juice the oranges.

  • Cream together butter and sugar; add eggs, juice and grated rind of oranges. Mix thoroughly.

  • Sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

  • In a small bowl, mix together milk and vinegar or use buttermilk.

  • Alternate adding milk and dry ingredients to creamed mixture, mixing well after each addition.

  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto un-greased cookie sheet.

  • Bake for 15 minute or until light brown. Ice cookies while warmIcing

  • Whisk together to make icing for orange cookies. Drizzle over cookies, or dip cookies into icing while still warm.

Gluten Free

  • Substitute a gluten free flour mix. You can also half the recipe if you would like.

Dairy Free

  • Use dairy free milk and margarine of your choice.

Servings: 6 dozen

Author: Amanda@A few Short Cuts

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  1. Orange Cookies Recipe (10)
    Yay! I love to bake, too, and am looking forward to including cookies as gifts for friends and family – especially those who live far away! I’ve already got your Samaroons on my list to bake, and these orange cookies sound amazing! Maybe a weekend project for me 😀


  2. Orange Cookies Recipe (11)
    Do you think I could substitute orange extract for the fresh orange? If so, what quantity would you recommend?



    1. Orange Cookies Recipe (12)

      I have no idea, I have only ever used fresh oranges for this one. 😉


    2. Orange Cookies Recipe (13)
      I made these and they turned out great. However, the recipe does make 6 dozen. How do you store them?


  3. Orange Cookies Recipe (14)
    These were a hit at our house, although a bit too time consuming for my taste because I am all about keeping it fast and simple. Probably all the grating and juicing, but I’m sure that was a key to them being excellent because you can’t beat fresh, organic ingredients. God bless!


  4. These look delicious! I’m going to try making them with a slight variation – I’m adding chocolate chips! I hope they turn out well. 😀


  5. Orange Cookies Recipe (15)
    Are we missing salt in the dry ingredient? Also, I looked up measuring how much juice and zest in 3 oranges. I used Satsumi (smaller size) about 6 of them and it said measuring juice for 3 large oranges about 6 oz. and 6-9 T zest. Does that sound about right?


    1. Orange Cookies Recipe (16)
      You can add 1/4 tsp of salt and it won’t hurt anything. I don’t think I have ever added salt and these turn out great. As far as the orange juice and zest. 6 oz seems about right for the juice and I would say probably about 3-4 tbsp of zest should be enough. Hope that helps!


  6. Orange Cookies Recipe (17)
    Can you freeze these cookies ?


    1. Yes you can! They freeze beautifully.


  7. Orange Cookies Recipe (18)
    I have made these for years!! And my mom made them for many years before I did. They are WONDERFUL; absolutely my favorite cookie! Soooo much better than any store-bought orange cookie. I always make 1 1/2 batches of the icing. Gotta have plenty of icing!


  8. Orange Cookies Recipe (19)
    Wonderful! Great flavor! I baked on 2nd highest rack in my gas oven for 13 min. Came out soft and Beautiful


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Can you substitute orange juice for orange zest? ›

There are many options for orange zest substitutes if you're out of this delicious citrus fruit or if they aren't in season. Some options include orange juice, lemon juice or zest, grapefruit juice or zest, and lime juice or zest.

What ingredient makes cookies more chewy? ›

Cornstarch helps product soft and thick cookies. Using more brown sugar than white sugar results in a moister, softer cookie. An extra egg yolk increases chewiness. Rolling the cookie dough balls to be tall and lumpy instead of wide and smooth gives the cookies a bakery-style textured thickness.

How much orange juice equals orange zest? ›

The flavor is not as concentrated so expect to use more orange juice to get the orange flavor. 1 teaspoon of orange zest = 2 tablespoons of orange juice.

What can I use if I don't have orange zest? ›

Best orange zest substitute
  • Lemon zest. The best substitute for orange zest? The same amount of lemon zest. Keep in mind this changes the flavor profile to lemon: but it has a complementary citrus flair. ...
  • Orange juice (in some cases). Another great orange zest substitute? Orange juice. ...
  • Orange extract.
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What to do with too many oranges? ›

The most obvious way to use up a surplus of oranges is to make orange juice. You can either use a juicer or simply squeeze the oranges by hand. Freshly squeezed orange juice is delicious and healthy, and can be enjoyed any time of day.

When should you throw away oranges? ›

How to Tell When Oranges Are Bad. Some tell-tale signs of oranges that are past their prime are bruising, shriveled peels, and mushy spots. Fresh oranges should be firm when you give them a gentle squeeze. Of course, if your oranges are growing mold or giving off a foul smell, throw them out ASAP.

Can dogs eat oranges? ›

Oranges can be a healthy snack for dogs, but serving large amounts of them can cause potential harm. Seedless navel oranges are preferable, but dogs can eat all kinds of oranges, including blood oranges, Bergamot oranges, clementines and more.

What makes cookies chewy vs. crunchy? ›

The ingredients you use and how you shape your cookies both play an important role in whether your cookies turn out crispy or chewy. The type of flour and sugar you use, if your cookie dough contains eggs, and whether you use melted or softened butter all factor into the crispy-chewy equation, too.

What brings out the flavor in cookies? ›

Add more complex proteins, like malted milk powder and brown butter. Caramelizing the sugar beforehand brings bright notes to your cookies, but you can further expand your dessert's flavor profile by playing with proteins.

What does brown sugar do in cookies? ›

Brown sugar

Brown sugar is also hygroscopic (more so than granulated sugar) and will therefore also attract and absorb the liquid in the dough. The difference is in the molasses that makes brown sugar brown: It adds moisture and slight acidity, resulting in a moist and chewy texture.

What is the secret ingredient to keep cookies soft? ›

Light corn syrup is another ingredient that you can add to cookie dough that will help it stay softer longer. The corn syrup you buy at the grocery store is not the high-fructose corn syrup that soft drinks are made with; it's a sugar that is liquid at room temperature and helps other sugars say liquid at high heat.

Can I replace zest with juice? ›

Lemon juice carries the same flavor as lemon zest, but it's more acidic, so you might want to add a pinch of sugar to balance out the tartness. That said, the lemon flavor is not as concentrated as lemon zest, so you'll want to keep this formula handy: 1 teaspoon of lemon zest = 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Can I use juice instead of zest? ›

Lemon juice can also be used as a substitute for lemon zest. While it won't give you the same texture as zest, it can add the desired flavor to your recipe. Amount to substitute: Use a teaspoon of lemon juice for every tablespoon of lemon zest.

Why use zest instead of juice? ›

This layer contains loads of natural oils that are full or flavor and not as acidic as the tart juice. For this reason, lemon zest is used to infuse concentrated amounts of sweet, citrus flavor into a variety of dishes.

Does orange zest make a difference? ›

Orange zest lends fresh citrus flavor to meals, baked goods, and sauces. Learn the best way to zest an orange using various kitchen tools.

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