Orange Cookies With Glaze Recipe Orange Cookies With Glaze Recipe Prep: 15 minsCook: 10 minsChill: 10 minsTotal: 35 minsServings: 24 servingsYield: 24 cookiesratings

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
207 Calories
8g Fat
32g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 52mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 34mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)Save Recipe

The smell alone of these orange cookies is worth the effort! Your home will be filled with the aroma of orange and sugar, perfect for getting family and friends in the holiday spirit. With orange juice and zest in the cookie dough and icing, there's plenty of citrus flavor in this dessert.

If you prefer a slightly thicker glaze that will sit on top of the cookie and not drip down, just omit the one tablespoon of water called for in the glaze recipe. Alternatively, you can make a thinner glaze by adding one to two tablespoons of water so the glaze falls over the entire cookie and drips off in a thinner layer. The cookies also stand on their own, so if you prefer to skip the glaze all together that’s fine as well. Either way, these cookies are sure to be a family favorite for years to come.

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For the Cookies:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons orange zest, plus more for topping

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 large egg

For the Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the cookie and glaze ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line two baking trays with parchment paper and grease with cooking spray.

  3. In a medium mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  4. In a large bowl combine the sugars and orange zest and mix together with your hands, releasing the oils from the orange zest and infusing the sugar.

  5. Cream the butter and infused sugar together using a hand mixer on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.

  6. Add the orange juice, vanilla extract, and egg and mix on medium to combine fully. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix once more, about 15 seconds.

  7. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the dry ingredients, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix until just combined, being careful not to overmix. Refrigerate the dough for 10 minutes.

  8. Meanwhile, make the glaze by whisking the sifted powdered sugar, orange juice, water, and vanilla extract until you reach a smooth consistency, wrap in plastic wrap and set aside for glazing later.

  9. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto the prepared baking trays about 2 inches apart. Bake until the edges begin to slightly brown, about 10 minutes.

  10. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes then remove to a cooling rack placed over a baking tray.

  11. Once cooled, glaze the cookies with prepared glaze and top with more orange zest.

How to Store and Freeze

  • Store in an airtight container on the countertop for up to one week.
  • You can easily make this dough ahead and freeze it. Roll it into a log and wrap tightly with plastic wrap or scoop the dough onto a parchment or wax paper-lined baking tray, then wrap with plastic tightly and store in the fridge or freezer. Allow the cookies to thaw slightly, just about 15 minutes on the countertop, before baking.

Recipe Variation

Consider making these a citrus cookie and adding grapefruit, pomelo, and lemon zest to the mix as well. All citrus is welcome.


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