Orange cookies are like a creamsicle in cookie form! Buttery and delicious, these cookies are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and adorned with white chocolate chips for the perfect orange and vanilla combo.
I actually have always hated creamsicles. I don’t know what it is because I I love both flavors on their own, but together in ice cream, something weird happens.
Then I made these cookies and my world changed forever LOL. If you aren’t a huge creamsicle person either, try these and I bet they will change your mind!
What makes these cookies so good?
Here’s why it works: the chocolate and orange combination is the bomb! I especially love it in my Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookie. So I thought, why not try orange cookies with white chocolate?
These vanilla and orange flavors work so much better for me in cookie form and now I cant get enough of them. Plus, they are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside – everything I want in a perfect cookie!
Citrus season is also just around the corner, so take these as the perfect seasonal cookie.
You’ll need some standard cookie ingredients plus a few more to punch up the orange flavor!
Fresh Orange: You’ll need a fresh orange for this recipe. Using both the juice and the zest really gives the strong orange flavor you need for this cookie. However, you can substitute orange extract but only use 1 tsp.
White Chocolate Chips: This is where the creamsicle flavor really comes in! In addition to the vanilla extract, the white chocolate chips add that extra flavor and texture.
How to Make Orange Cookies
- Cream together butter and brown sugar, then add eggs, vanilla extract, orange juice, and zest. Mix to combine with hand or stand mixer.
- Add dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- Once dry and wet ingredients are incorporated, add in the white chocolate chips and mix until they are evenly distributed.
- Use a small cookie scoop (or tablespoon), scoop dough onto a cookie sheet, and press additional white chocolate chips if desired. Chill in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 and bake cookies in batches, 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet for 13-14 minutes.
These orange cookies freeze really well. You can make ahead and bake-off cookies whenever you need a quick cookie fix!
Once the cookie dough is made, scoop dough onto balls on a cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes. Then, put frozen cookie dough balls into a ziplock bag for up to 2 months.
To heat and eat, no need to thaw! Just be sure to space out cookies 2 inches apart and bake them for 13-14 minutes.
- Any type of orange will work fine here. But if you don’t have a fresh orange, or prefer to use orange extract, adjust the recipe to 1 tsp of extract to replace the juice and zest.
- Use a small cookie scoop , which is approximately 1 tablespoon. Or of course, you can just eyeball it with a spoon!
- When scooping the cookies and preparing for the freezer before baking, you can scoop them close together to save space.
- Be sure to space them out 2 inches before baking! (You will need to bake in batches.)
Love Citrusy Cookies? More recipes below!
- Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
- Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies
- Chewy Lemon Coconut Cookies
- Raspberry Lemon Linzer Cookies
Orange Cookie Recipe
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp orange juice
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 2.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.You can make this by hand or in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer on low- medium speed.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the 1 cup butter and 1 cup brown sugar. Add in the 1 egg, 1 egg yolk, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 tsp orange juice and zest. Mix on low speed for 1 minutes to combine.
- Add in the 2.5 cups flour, ½ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp baking powder, and ¼ kosher salt. Mix until incorporated. Add in the white chocolate chips and mix together until they are mixed evenly throughout.
- Using a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon kitchen spoon, scoop out the dough onto the cookie sheet. Press more white chocolate chips into the cookie dough if you want! The cookies can be spaced close together right now while they are chilling. Chill the cookies in the freezer for 30 mins.
- Bake the cookies 2 inches apart on separate cookie sheets for 13-14 minutes. You will need to bake the cookies in batches. Cool on a cookie rack and enjoy!