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 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!
It is a very
simple recipe for orange sugar cookie made from scratch using orange zest. I did want to incorporate some fresh orange juice too 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 just from the orange zest alone.
I’m thinking that you can make these orange cookies more fancy with some 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 any of 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 I can’t get enough of it!
Simple Orange Cookies Recipe
|Prep Time||Cook Time||Makes|
|20 Mins||11 Mins||40 Cookies|
- 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
- Preheat oven at 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C for 15 minutes.
- Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add in the orange peel and vanilla extract; beat well.
- In another bowl sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Mix in the flour mix 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.
- Scoop out tablespoonful of dough for each cookie, slightly flatten it and place it on the baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes or until the edges are browned lightly.
- 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 a air tight container.
- 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.
- 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 at first.
- Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonful and leave it for 2 cookies and for the other 2 cookies lightly flatten it. Bake it. Seeing how it spreads determine if you are going to flatten the dough before baking or not.