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Orange Cookies

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This orange cookie recipe is the zestiest shortbread cookie on my blog. Move over rosemary shortbread and orange sugar cookies, and make way for the fastest and yummiest orange shortbread cookies you’ll ever make.

These little babies pack a nice citrus flavor that will fill your mouth with the joy of summer! Eat these orange cookies with some ice cream and you’ve got an orange creamsicle cookie taste! Try them with another summer treat like Mango Yogurt Smoothie or another shortbread cookie favorite of mine, Lavender Cookies!

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Ingredients in This Orange Cookie Recipe

This recipe only has 8 ingredients, all staples that you’ve got in your pantry already! Just add orange, and you’re ready to rock. The sweetness of the sugars and honey with a tangy orange tartness is the perfect balance for orange flavored shortbread cookies.

If by chance you don’t have self rising flour, add ½ teaspoon of salt and 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder to a 1 cup measuring cup. Top off with all purpose flour. Mix it up, and you’re set!

You can also make these into regular shortbread cookies by skipping the orange ingredients – but why on earth would you do that?

I love orange! Actually, if you want to experiment with this recipe, try other citrus fruits like lemon, limes or grapefruits. Maybe even all four for the zestiest shortbread cookies ever!

I made an extra batch of these cookies and gifted the second batch to my friend Lala for her birthday. She is a very nice person and with good taste because she really loved my cookies LOL. She actually asked me for the orange cookie recipe and I think she has already made a couple of dozen orange cookies. Lala also helped me come up with the name of this recipe because she said, “I love orange cookies!” So I called them Love Orange Cookies – just like my middle name LOVE.

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How to Make Orange Cookies

OK, let’s get started:

  1. Mix all the wet ingredients together. In a different bowl, mix the dry ingredients.
  2. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until doughy.
  3. Form into small balls, place on a greased cookie sheet and press down with a fork.
  4. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
  5. Glaze, decorate if desired. I used gold sanding sugar. Doesn’t it look beautiful?
  6. Eat!

How to Make Chocolate Orange Cookies

Adding chocolate is a fantastic idea, because chocolate tastes great with everything of course. Making a chocolate orange shortbread cookie recipe is a snap. Here are three easy options:

  1. Add chocolate chips to the dough
  2. Dip the orange cookies in melted chocolate
  3. Drizzle with melted chocolate.

My favorite is to drizzle the shortbread cookies with melted chocolate because I love melted chocolate and then I keep some extra chocolate for myself! You might want to skip the orange glaze for cookies if you are going with chocolate, but then again maybe not.

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My Grandma’s orange cookies had the orange glaze for the cookies (more like a frosting) sandwiched between two orange cookies and then she dunked the double-decker orange cookie in chocolate. My grandma’s orange cookies were, as she said often, “To die for!”

How to Store Orange Slice Cookies

Storing slice cookies is easy. Eat them all and store them in the bottom of your stomach! Actually, they can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week. Eat one every hour and you won’t need to store them for more than a day!

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Love Orange Cookies

This orange cookie recipe packs a nice citrus flavor that fills your mouth with the joy of summer! A lovely orange glaze makes it perfect!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Chilling Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 -24 Cookies
Author: Sydney Love


  • Baking tray
  • Bullet blender


  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup butter room temperature
  • ½ egg yolk
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

Orange Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice fresh squeezed


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • In a stand mixer, cream butter, sugar, and orange zest.
  • Add egg yolk and vanilla and beat well. Mix together flours and salt, then add to mixer and beat. Once a ball forms, mix with your hands.
  • On a floured work surface, shape the dough into a log 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for one hour in the fridge.
  • Slice dough into 20-24 slices, about ½ inch thick. Evenly space cookies on parchment lined baking tray.
  • Bake cookies for 10 minutes, until just as cookies start to slightly brown on edges. Rest on baking tray 10 minutes then cool on a cooking rack.

Orange Glaze

  • Add all ingredients to a bullet blender and mix together while shaking blender. Or add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix with a whisk until smooth.
  • Add about ½ teaspoon of glaze on top of each cookie. Sprinkle with additional orange zest or sugar* if desired. Let dry and serve.


*I used gold sanding sugar on top of the glaze for a beautiful look!
Calories: 124kcal

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

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