Orange Cookies Recipe

Soft Orange Cookie Recipe | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

I loved soft orange cookies when I was little, so when I came across these on Pinterest, I immediately wanted to make them. I totally messed up the icing, but the cookie base was perfect, just as I remember. I searched for a few different recipes, but I ended up following this recipe most closely.



  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • juice and zest from one large sweet orange (I used a Florida naval orange); keep 1/4 of zest for icing.

Glaze Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk (to start)
  • Leftover orange zest
  • 1 tsp orange extract



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. “Zest” and juice the orange (keep separate) and put aside. I used a lemonade press to juice every last drop from the orange, then I ate the rest – love Florida oranges!
  3. In a mixer, cream butter, sugar, and orange extract together.
  4. Then beat in eggs, orange juice, and 3/4 total amount of orange zest.
  5. Mix your dry ingredients in a bowl, then add to mixer, alternating with milk to form a soft dough. Scrape the edges of the bowl often to get a good mixture.
  6. Scoop 1 to 2 inch balls of dough from the bowl and drop onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes until slightly browned. Transfer to a cooling rack.

Glaze Icing

I did not end up using the frosting from the above recipe, because I tried making it and it did not work at all for me. I made my own, which is just a standard powdered sugar glaze icing.

  1. Place powdered sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add the orange extract and leftover orange zest.
  3. A little at time, whisk in milk. If it’s too runny, add more powdered sugar; if it’s too stiff, add more milk. You want the consistency to be a thick but pourable icing.
  4. I placed the cooled cookies over wax paper, then I poured icing on each cookie with a spoon; it should harden into a glaze.

These cookies stayed soft for over a week. They are even good without icing!



2 thoughts on “Orange Cookies Recipe

    • MrsAubreyB says:

      I don’t know about exotic, haha, but I do think they are delicious! My family always used orange extract in a lot of things – french toast, cannoli cake…my aunt makes an amazing orange cream cake. It must be where my love of orange cookies comes from! Thanks for taking time to comment. 🙂

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