- Use butter instead of margarine, the butter will give the cookies a better flavor.
- Make sure that the butter and eggs are at room temperature. The butter should be slightly soft, but not to where it is melting.
- When beating the butter and the sugar together make sure that the mixture is fluffy and light. The mixture should not have a grainy feel to it, the texture should be smooth and creamy.
- Make sure that the oven is preheated before placing the cookies in the oven to bake.
- Don’t overbake the cookies, cookies will bake a bit after they are taken out of the oven. Once the edges of the cookies start to turn a golden brown they are done, they will bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Cool the cookies on the baking pan for a minute or two before removing them to cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack.
- These cookies freeze well. In fact, we like to eat them straight out of the freezer.
Steps for making Amazing Orange Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt set aside.
In a large bowl combine the sugar and orange zest. With your fingers rub the zest with the sugar until the zest is mixed throughout the sugar. Add the butter to the sugar mixture and with an electric mixer mix until well blended.
Add the egg and orange juice and mix in. Gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing just to combine after each addition.
Drop cookies from rounded teaspoons onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned.
Remove from the oven and cool on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
While the cookies are cooling make the frosting. Combine the powdered sugar, softened 2 tablespoons of butter, and salt mix together. Beat until smooth. Frost cooled cookies.
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Amazing Orange Cookies
- 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 large egg
- 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- dash salt
- 2 – 3 tablespoons orange juice
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set this aside
- In a large bowl add the sugar and orange zest. With your fingers rub the zest and the sugar together until the zest is mix throughout the sugar.
- Add the butter to the sugar mixer. With an electric mixer mix until well blended.
- Add the egg and the orange juice and mix in.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing after each addition until just incorporated.
- Drop cookies from rounded full teaspoon onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edge of the cookies are golden brown.
- Cool on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
- Make the frosting while the cookies are cooling.
- To make the frosting, combine the powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons soft butter, and a dash of salt. Slowly add the orange juice until the right consistency for frosting. Beat until smooth.
- Frost cooled cookies.
- Make sure that your butter and egg are at room temperature for best results.
- Beat the butter and sugar together for 2 to 4 minutes or until the mixture is not grainy.
- Cool the cookies completely before spreading the frosting on them.
- These cookies work great for freezing. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.
- If freezing the cookies make sure to use an airtight container.
This recipe was originally published on March 22, 2012. It has been updated with new content and pictures on February 24, 2022.