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  1. Watch how to make these citrus orange cookies:
  2. Citrus Glazed Orange Cookies Recipe

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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:

Cookies rest on a cooking rack next to oranges.

Citrus Glazed Orange Cookies

5 from 1 vote
These cookies bring the lightness and zest of orange to a sweet treat. Using simple ingredients, this recipe is bursting with the tangy taste of spring.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 48


For the cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 ¾ cups white granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 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!


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 129kcal
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Baking
A line of cookies sits on a cooling rack.
Cookies line a cooling rack on a counter in front of sliced oranges.
A top-down view of cookies on a cooling rack next to oranges.

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