Amazing Orange Zested Cookies

Do your ever get into a rut? I have been in a rut for such a long time when it comes to making cookies. It seems like I make the same cookies over and over again. Yes, they are my family’s favorite, but it is fun to try something new and exciting once in a while. In our house chocolate chip cookies usually win hands down for being the favorite cookie in the house.

Well I was on Pinterest when I saw these amazing orange cookies. As I have stated in past posts on my blog, Mike loves the flavor of orange or anything citrus. So when I saw these cookies I knew that they would have to go on my list of things that I would have to bake.

Last weekend I made sure that I bought oranges so that I would be able to make these cookies. I ended up making three batches, because one batch doesn’t make too many cookies (I always like to make enough cookies so that I can freeze some). To my surprise not only Mike loved these cookies, but both our daughters loved them as well. Lisa and Krista told me that these orange zested cookies are now their favorite cookies.

When we visited my mom last week I had brought her and my sister Lauri some cookies to also try. They also gave these cookies a raving review. Lauri said that she will be making some for her family as well.  Who knew that these cookies would be such a hit. Now I am sorry that I haven’t looked for new cookie recipes earlier.

These  are a light sugar type cookie with a citrus flavor. If you like to freeze cookies you will find that they freeze well and taste wonderful right out of the freezer (you can take my word for this). So if you are looking for a new cookie recipe that is totally amazing, give these a try. The citrus flavor is wonderful and who knows it might end up being your favorite cookie too.

Orange Zested Cookies with Sweet Orange Glaze (Adapted from Pinterest/
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter (I used 2 parts butter and 1 part shortening)
1cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 egg

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. In a small bowl, mix the sugar and orange zest. Rub together your fingers until zest is throughout the sugar. The sugar will become moist from the oils being released. Using a mixer, cream the butter and orange zested sugar. Add egg and orange juice. Slowly add the dry ingredients until well incorporated. Roll into smooth round balls and place on cookie sheet that has been lightly greased. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes or until very lightly golden on the bottoms. Don’t over bake or they will be a bit too dry and lose the perfect texture. Cool and frost with the orange glaze.

Orange Glaze:
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons orange zest
Fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon butter
A dash of salt

Mix the confectioners’ sugar, orange zest, butter, salt, and enough orange juice to make a glaze that you can spread with a knife. This recipe can be changed to use lemons or limes instead of the oranges or use some of both. I think that orange cookies with a lime glaze would be yummy. Enjoy!


  1. says

    My family would be perfectly content if I only made chocolate chip cookies for the rest of our lives. I could probably eat citrus cookies forever – esp. if there is a glaze on top! These look amazing and I love orange. I will have to make these they look and sound great!

  2. says

    I know what you mean about baking ruts. But I always look towards my blogger foodie buddies for inspiration – I like your suggestion about Pinterest. I just started using it, but I’ll definitely have to take some time and look for some inspiring recipes on it.

    Love these cookies – simple and fresh! Perfect for spring!

  3. says

    I actually wanted to look for lunch recipes but got stuck right away. they look and sound so delicious, and i have everything on hand to make them. i am sure my family will appreciate them more than the pumpkin pasta, despite also being orangy :-)
    have a lovely day

  4. says

    I was here to see the scones but then I scrolled down and saw the citrus cookies and so now I’m here looking at those and marking them to make sometime. Same here…I make the same cookies over and over. My husband is not a morning person…he eats cookies M-F for breakfast, I kid you not. They are easy and portable and quick, so he grabs a few on the way out the door and munches on them on the way to work. This habit started in college and there is nothing I can do to break the cycle…after about 12 years, I quit trying and just resigned myself to it. I will make these soon. Hmmm…maybe I should scroll down and see what else you have over here…lol!

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