If you are a fan of citrus, then these Orange cookies are for you! They have a soft melt-in-your-mouth texture and a delicious fresh orange flavor.
These are simple butter biscuits with a fantastic zing to them. They are simple to make yet deliver amazing zesty flavors. These cookies have orange zest, fresh orange juice, and orange extract to ensure you get a great orange flavor. They all add different levels of orangeness to the cookies.
They make an excellent cookie for afternoon tea, and as there is no need to chill the cookie dough, you can eat the finished cookie in 30 minutes!
- Salted butter: Salted butter balances the sweetness and brings out the orange flavors. Ensure your butter is at room temperature. You want to be able to push your finger into the butter with ease. See the recipe notes if you are using unsalted butter.
- Granulated white sugar: Regular white sugar is perfect. We don't want superfine sugar; the granulated sugar helps the cookies have that balance of crisp and chew.
- Flour: Use All-purpose flour or Plain Flour for those not in the US.
- Baking soda: This gives the center of the cookies the lightness we want. Don't get it confused with baking powder.
- Egg: I use a large room temperature egg.
- Orange Zest and Juice: Zest the orange before you cut it, as it is tough to zest a cut orange. You won't need all of the orange juice. One-half of an orange will be more than enough.
- Orange extract: This boosts the flavor and helps to bring out the natural citrus taste in the juice. You can buy orange extract in the baking section of larger grocery stores. A little goes a long way, so you'll get value for money.
The secret to a genuinely orange-tasting cookie
Pushing as much orange into the cookies with orange zest, fresh orange juice and orange extract adds a fresh bright zingy orange flavor to the cookies. And the three orange elements add different things to the flavor of these cookies.
The zest add that deep essential orange flavor.
The fresh juice adds a bright sweet orange flavor.
The extract adds the perfume and enhances the orange that is already there.
The three layers of orange really amp up the flavor of orange, but there is one last trick that adds extra depth to the cookies. Mix the orange zest with the sugar for several minutes before it is creamed with the butter. This helps the zest to release all the natural oils, and perfumes the sugar with orange; this carries through the entire biscuit and gives you a super orangy cookie.
- The dough doesn't need to be chilled; simply combine the ingredients and form balls.
- To measure the dough, use a tablespoon. You will receive uniformly sized cookies that bake as per the recipe.
- The cookies should be spread out across a lined baking sheet, so leave at least 3" between each.
- I use the back of my cup measure to gently press the cookie dough balls into discs.
- I use a baking sheet; this allows the cookies to spread smoothly without hitting an edge and creating a flat side. If you only have edged trays, you can use them upside down.
- Line the baking sheet with parchment paper, which helps the cookies spread, so you end up with a thin cookie instead of a cakey cookie. Lightly spray the pan with oil to keep the paper from moving.
- Set your oven to the standard bake setting; if using a fan oven, reduce the temperature by 20°C.
- Don't overcook the cookies; they should start to turn slightly golden on the edges and look almost soft on the inside. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then carefully transfer them to a cooling rack.
How to store orange cookies
The orange cookies can be stored in an airtight container and kept at room temperature for up to three days. Or store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
How to freeze orange cookies
The cookies can be kept for three months in the freezer. Then, place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. To make defrosting the cookies simple, either individually wrap them in glad wrap or sandwich them with parchment paper before freezing.
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- 8 tablespoon salted butter - see note 1
- ¾ cup granulated white sugar
- 1 orange
- 1 cup AP flour - see note 2
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1¼ teaspoon orange extract
- 1 egg - see note 3
- Preheat your oven to 350°F/175°C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. (See note 4)
- Use a stand mixer or hand-held mixer to mix the sugar and zest of the orange together until it looks like wet sand. This will take around 4-5 minutes.
¾ cup/170g granulated sugar
zest of 1 orange
- Add the butter to the sugar mixture and cream together until it is light and fluffy.
8 tablespoons/140g butter
- While the butter, sugar, and orange zest are creaming, measure out the flour and add the baking soda. Mix to combine.
1 cup/140g AP flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
- Add the orange juice and orange extract, then mix to combine thoroughly.
1 tablespoon orange juice
1¼ teaspoons orange extract
- Add the egg to the butter mixture and mix well.
- Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter and mix slowly until the dough just comes together. Don't overmix.
- Use a tablespoon measure to scoop out cookie dough balls. Roll them in your hands to create a neat ball.
- Place the rolled ball onto the lined baking sheet and use something flat to flatten the cookies.
- Bake your cookies for 8-10 minutes, until the edges turn light golden and the center is still slightly soft.
- Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes when you first remove them from the oven. After 5 minutes, transfer them to a cooling rack.
- Make sure your butter is at room temperature. You want to be able to push your finger into the butter easily. If you have unsalted butter, add ¼ teaspoon of salt to your flour when you add it to the mix.
- All-purpose flour is plain flour for those not in the US.
- I use a large room temperature egg.
- The oven temperature is for a conventional oven on the bake setting. If using a fan oven, reduce the temperature by 70ºF/20ºC.
I love the touch of orange in these cookies! They were perfect, and a nice change from chocolate!
Claire McEwen says
Thank you 🙂
Lynn Polito says
Amazing! This was such a nice change from the regular chocolate loaded cookies! My whole family loved them!!
These are great! The taste is fresh and I love how simple the recipe is.
The orange flavor makes these cookies SO tasty!! They are perfect. Thanks!!