Simple Orange Cookies Video Recipe (Updated)

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Eggless Orange Cookies

Orange Cookies: In my early days of baking I was not a fan of orange flavor in baked treats. For some reason, it didn’t appeal to me at all. I don’t know when and how the transformation happened and I fell in love with anything orange flavor, be it cakes, cookies, muffins, anything, and everything!

Orange Cookies In Baking Tray

I especially love the orange flavored easy eggless vanilla cupcakes I bake quite often. Orange cookies I have never tried so when I saw a recipe for the same I was very eager to try it.

Orange Cookies

Orange Cookies In a Jar

It is a very

simple recipe for an orange sugar cookie made from scratch using orange zest. I wanted to incorporate some fresh orange juice in the cookie, but the recipe didn’t have room for it.

Nevertheless, the cookies did have a very good citrus flavor, and the scent was just from the orange zest alone.

I think you can make these orange cookies fancier with fresh orange juice and icing sugar glaze. Hopefully can get to it one of these days. But let me assure you that these orange sugar cookies tasted great even without those frills! The kitchen was filled with a pleasant orange scent which really lifted my mood.

Check out here for more baking recipes with orange. I don’t know about you but can’t get enough of it!


Simple Orange Cookies Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
20 Mins11 Mins40 Cookies
Simple Orange Cookies Video Recipe (Updated)
5.0 from 6 reviews
Are you a citrus fan? Have you baked orange cookies? Then this recipe is a must-try. A very simple recipe to bake yet big on flavor.
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C for 15 minutes.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add in the orange peel and vanilla extract; beat well.
  3. In another bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Mix the flour into the creamed butter mixture and stir it until well combined. Sometimes the cookie dough might have a sticky consistency. In such cases chill the dough in the refrigerator for an hour or so before baking otherwise you will have thin crepe-like cookies.
  5. Scoop out a tablespoonful of dough for each cookie, slightly flatten it, and place it on the baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are browned lightly.
  6. Remove it from the oven and let the cooks remain in the pan for another 2-3 minutes and then transfer the orange cookies from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely before storing it in an air-tight container.
Taste & Texture
  • These orange cookies were crisp around the edges and mildly chewy in the middle when it was fresh. After a day it started getting softer.
My Notes
  • How a cookie spreads while baking is something one cannot tell always. It depends upon the quality of ingredients used, the consistency of the dough, etc. So the best way to determine this is to test bake 3-4 cookies first.
  • Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonful and leave it for 2 cookies and lightly flatten the other 2 cookies. Bake it. Seeing how it spreads determines if you are going to flatten the dough before baking or not.
Nutrition Facts
Orange Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 83Servings 40
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.7g6%
Saturated Fat 2.9g15%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 97mg4%
Potassium 9mg0%
Total Carbohydrates 9.9g4%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugars 5.1g
Protein 0.7g
Vitamin D 3mcg16%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Cecile St Pierre

    These cookies are friggin’ amazing!!! I added half a cup of chocolate chips and that orange/chocolate blend is decadent! I think cranberries would be awesome too!

    • Madhuram

      Wow! Chocolate chips in orange cookies! Now you have got me drooling, Cecile!

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  3. Mary LaBelle

    I don’t have the dried orange rind.I was wondering if perhaps I could use orange juice?

    • Madhuram

      This recipe doesn’t require any liquid ingredients at all. Adding juice will mess up with the texture of the cookie dough. Try using orange extract if you have any. Orange zest is grating the outer skin of fresh oranges, not dried orange rind.

  4. katzzz.a

    hi, i made chocolate oranges cookies. i adjusted the sugar to 3/4 cup only since my dad is diabetic then added 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa. after 12mins in the oven the cookies turned out crunchy and yummy! thank you for sharing your recipe 🙂

    • Madhuram

      Wow! Chocolate oragne cookies! That sounds fabulous. I want to try it now. Thanks for sharing your idea.

  5. Gloria

    Hi! I only have this margarine type spread not actual butter ( my husband brought home ) now with Corona I don’t want to make a trip. Do you think cookies will be okay instead of unsalted butter? Thank you

    • Madhuram

      It should be fine, Gloria. The texture might be a little different. Margarine might have more water content than butter so you might have to adjust the consistency of the batter with a bit additional flour. Just my guess.

  6. Diane K

    They came out delicious, and by rolling into tablespoon size balls and not flattening they came out looking just like yours 🙂

    • Madhuram

      That’s great, Diane. Thank you for the feedback.

  7. Leisa Wearn

    I made these with gluten free self raising flour. Which is usually great for cookies. Not this time. Turned out nothing like the picture. And despite measuring out tablespoons of the dough, I only got 30. Won’t make again.

    • Madhuram

      Substituting gluten-free flour for all-purpose flour doesn’t work out perfect always. It’s more for a trial and error experiment kind of thing.

  8. andrew

    I made chocolate oranges cookies with this recipe thanks for submitting this amazing cookie recipe I added cocoa into this mixture and it was so delicious

    • Madhuram

      Wow! That’s a lovely flavor combo, Andrew.

  9. Jo

    Can I use coconut oil instead of the butter?
    And can I substitute part of the flour with oat flour or do you think it will not bake/taste as good?

    • Madhuram

      I’m guess coconut oil should work fine. Regarding substituting the flour with oat flour yes there will be a noticeable difference in taste and texture. I once baked gluten-free oat flour and brown rice flour chocolate chip cookies and we all loved it. I guess it’s a personal preference. You wouldn’t know unless you try it for yourself.

  10. Rupal

    I have made orange cookies today following your reciepe.
    I have given my stead of 2 cup refined flour i have segregated it 1 cup refined flour n 1 cup wheat flour.
    In addition to it i have added 1/4cup fresh orange juice n 1/2 cup oats to increase health quotient.

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome Rupal.

  11. Jennifer @

    These orange cookies are everything I love about a good cookie 🙂