Orange Cookies

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Why You’ll Love These Orange Cookies

  • Bright orange flavor from real oranges–no extracts, artificial flavors, or gelatin here. I make my strawberry cookies with real strawberries too, if you’d like to try a different but equally tasty fruity cookie.
  • No chilling required! The dough doesn’t need to be chilled, so you can bake right away. If you’re impatient like I am, this is a huge plus 😁
  • Lofthouse-style look and texture with their flat, round shape and smooth frosting. And don’t forget the orange zest on top!
  • Speaking of frosting, we’re using a simple and tasty frosting today. You could pipe it on top if you want to get a little fancy, but I like to just spread it on with an offset spatula.

These orange cookies are so much fun! They have a bright and fresh orange flavor that especially comes through in the frosting, so don’t skip it. I also add some cream cheese to the frosting because it really complements the orange flavor (just like the frosting on my orange rolls!).

The cookies themselves are soft and tender (again, think lofthouse-esque) and must be flattened after baking. Similar to my lemon meltaways, this helps create a dense yet simultaneously more tender, melt-in-your-mouth center and a flat surface for applying the frosting.

I can’t wait for you to try them, so let’s dive right in!

What You Need

Let’s briefly go over a few of our key ingredients before we get started with our cookies.

  • Oranges. Fresh oranges are a must for these orange cookies! We’ll be using the zest and juice of our oranges; I typically find that I need three oranges for this recipe, but you may need more or less depending on the size of yours.
  • Egg yolks. We’re using only the yolks of our eggs here for tender and chewy results. If you’d like to use your egg whites instead of throwing them away, you can use them for coconut macaroons, French macarons, or angel food cake (just to name a few options!).
  • Butter. I use softened unsalted butter for both the cookies and the frosting, though you could use salted for each if that’s all you have on hand. If you do use salted for the cookies themselves, you will need to reduce the additional salt to ¼ teaspoon.
  • Cream cheese. Stick with full-fat, brick-style cream cheese. Make sure to let the cream cheese soften beforehand so it can easily combine with the butter to make the orange frosting.

Remember, this is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why. For the full recipe please scroll down to the bottom of the post!

How to Make Orange Cookies

  1. Cream the butter, orange zest, and sugar until light and fluffy, then stir in the egg yolks and mix until combined. Adding the orange zest at this step helps to release its oils, ultimately resulting in a more pronounced orange flavor.
  2. Slowly drizzle in the orange juice while stirring on low speed, then mix until combined.
  3. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl before gradually adding them to the wet ingredients.
  4. Roll scoops of dough between your palms, then bake. Make sure the dough balls are smooth and even so they have a nice round shape once baked!
  1. Flatten each cookie with the bottom of a measuring cup or glass, then let the cookies cool completely. I like to make the frosting while the cookies cool.


  1. Stir the cream cheese and butter together until smooth, then gradually add the powdered sugar.
  2. Add the orange zest and juice, then stir until the frosting is completely combined.
  3. Spread the frosting on top of the cooled cookies.
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