Can a cookie taste like spring? Not only do I think so but I happen to have the recipe! Cookies can really be any flavor and carry so many different ingredients. Many times, I’ll bulk up a cookie and chock it full of my favorite things. But sometimes using only the essentials and a few perfect flavors is all you need. These cookies are the essence of bright orange zest which is also just a cheery reminder of spring!
This recipe makes a large batch, about 4-5 dozen. As usual, they freeze perfectly but they’re usually eaten before you even get a chance!
Watch how to make these citrus orange cookies:
Citrus Glazed Orange Cookies
For the cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 ¾ cups white granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup orange juice
- 4 tbsp orange zest
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
For the citrus frosting
- 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cup powdered sugar
For the cookies
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes.
- Add eggs, one at a time.
- Mix in orange juice, zest, and vanilla.
- Add the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
- With the mixer running on low, add the buttermilk.
- Finish mixing by hand to ensure the batter is evenly mixed.
- Using a tablespoon-sized cookie scoop, place cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Bake in preheated oven 10-12 minutes until just set.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking pan for 5 minutes. While cooling, prepare the frosting.
For the frosting
- Mix all the ingredients until smooth. Add more juice or sugar to achieve the correct consistency.
- While the cookies are slightly warm, dip tops in frosting or spoon one teaspoon over each cookie.
- Allow to cool and dry to touch then enjoy!