Orange Creamsicle Cookies

filed under: Cookies · Dessert · Food + Drink on May 14, 2020

Orange Creamsicle Cookies are my ooey gooey butter cookies made with orange zest and added food coloring to remind you of an orange creamsicle treat. For another fun treat, try my Orange Creamsicle Puppy Chow!

Orange Creamsicle Cookies

A creamsicle is a frozen treat invention that is vanilla ice cream topped with a layer of frozen fruit juice. They were first known as epsicles over one hundred years ago, but you may know them as dreamsicles or popsicles. Although they are officially frozen popsicles, you can find everything from orange creamsicle pie to orange creamsicle mousse. There are even orange creamsicle cocktails, but I will stick to the cookies in this recipe.


Plate of Orange Creamsicle Cookies Stacked and Confectioners Sugar Around

Orange Creamsicle Cookies Recipe

These Orange Creamsicle Cookies are sweet cookies that are as easy to make as they are delicious. You probably have most of the ingredients on hand, which makes this recipe even sweeter than the cookies already are! (You may notice I use red and yellow food coloring; that is because those are easy to find and they make the color orange!) 

Creamsicle Cookies Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Orange zest
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Orange extract
  • Red food coloring
  • Yellow food coloring
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Confectioners’ sugar

If you don’t have orange extract, you can use fresh orange juice. Here is a simple equivalency:

1 tablespoon fresh orange juice = 1/2 teaspoon orange extract

1 teaspoon orange zest = 1 teaspoon orange extract

There is orange extract in this dough, so swapping out for fresh orange juice should be ok. (I have not tested it, we thought this cookie was amazing as-is.) For this recipe specifically, you would use 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice instead of lemon extract, which is about 1 orange.

Orange Creamsicle Cookie Dough Being Dropped Into Bowl of Powdered Sugar

Cookie Dough

These cookies are so easy to make and they are the perfect summer treat. In fact, August 14th is National Creamsicle Day! But, don’t wait until then to bake these cookies. Preheat the oven to 350°F, get out a large mixing bowl and hand mixer, and get started!

To make the cookies, beat together the butter, cream cheese, orange zest, and sugar. Make sure you use room temperature ingredients. (Most refrigerated ingredients can get to room temperature in about 30 minutes.) Room temperature ingredients allow for more even baking and less lumps!

Next, add in the egg, vanilla, orange extract, and food coloring. Add in flour, baking powder, and half of the confectioners’ sugar. With the mixer on low, gradually beat everything into a creamed mixture. Once the dough is made, it’s time to get the cookies baked!

Breaking Open an Orange Creamsicle Cookie with Hands

How to Bake Orange Creamsicle Cookies

There is no need to chill this dough before baking. The cookies actually tasted less ooey-gooey when the dough was chilled, so I opted to use the dough immediately after preparing. The cookies are a bit flatter, but they are still just as ooey-gooey and delicious! Once you see how easy and sweet these cookies are, you may want to try my Ooey Gooey Lemon Cookies!

To bake the cookies, use a two-tablespoon cookie scoop to create balls of dough. Roll each ball in the remaining confectioners’ sugar and place each on a parchment-lined baking sheet. I put about 6 cookies on each sheet. Use the bottom of a glass or your hand to flatten out the dough a bit. Bake for 8-11 minutes, or until they no longer appear wet on top. Let them rest on the baking sheet for about five minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

Orange Creamsicle Cookies Stacked on Top of Each other on a White Surface

How to Freeze Butter Cookies

The very best way to freeze these cookies is to freeze the dough. I like to scoop out my individual cookies, place them on a baking sheet, and then place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Once they are chilled through, I place them in an airtight bag and then label it with the cookie name and date, as well as the baking instructions.

If you want to freeze the cookies after they are baked, allow them to cool completely. Then, lay them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place them in the freezer. Once the cookies are frozen, store them in a freezer-safe zipped bag, labeled and dated. They will keep for up to four weeks.

Stack of Orange Creamsicle Cookies with One Leaning Against Stack

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5 from 7 votes
Orange Creamsicle Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
11 mins
Total Time
31 mins

Orange Creamsicle Cookies are butter cookies made with orange zest and added food coloring to remind you of an orange creamsicle treat.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ooey Gooey Creamsicle Cookie, Orange Creamsicle Cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 175 kcal
Author: Amanda
Creamsicle Cookie Recipe
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) salted butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract, (you can start with 1/2 tsp. and taste test the dough)
  • 1 drop red food coloring (add more depending on dark you want the orange to be)
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring (add more depending on dark you want the orange to be)
  • 2 1/4 cups (282g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup (126g) confectioners' sugar, divided
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 

  2. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat butter, cream cheese, orange zest, and granulated sugar until blended. 

  3. Add in egg, vanilla, orange extract, and the red and yellow food coloring.

  4. Add in flour, baking powder, and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar. With the mixer on low, gradually beat into a creamed mixture.

  5. Using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, create balls and roll them in the remaining confectioners' sugar.

  6. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using your hands or the bottom of a drinking glass flatten balls into rounds. Place approximately 6 dough balls on each sheet.

  7. Bake until they no longer appear wet on top, 8-11 minutes. After about 5 minutes cooling on the pan (they will be soft), place on cooling racks to cool completely.

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  • Ivana della pollina says:

    I made these this morning they turned out just like the picture and they are so soft and gooey love them IOrange Creamsicle cookie

  • Mary says:

    I love your recipes.

  • Lois Karel says:

    2 tablespoons or 2 teaspoons of baking powder?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      2 teaspoons!! Thanks for double-checking!!

  • Barb says:

    I can’t wait to make these.

  • Dori Bernsen says:

    They look delicious. My husbands favorite treat is orange sherbert and vanilla ice cream. Would you be abke to add the juice ofca fresh clementine instead of orange extract?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      You could, but I have never tested that so don’t know what it will taste like. 🙂

  • Elisa Pitaluga says:

    I have to try these but do not have orange extract. Wondering if I should add orange juice. If so, how much? (I see one person had already asked but maybe now you tested it out)

    One more thing, I could just imagine making ice cream sandwiches with these!

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Elisa! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Orange juice is not the best substitute for orange extract because you need too much of it to get the same flavor. Your best bet would be to substitute orange zest for the orange extract. 1 teaspoon of orange zest = about 1/2 teaspoon of orange extract. We have not tested out either substitution, but I hope that helps. Have a great day!

  • Janelle says:

    These look absolutely delicious! Would love to try them except I can’t stand cream cheese ☹️ Please tell me there’s a substitution so I can make these. Thank you!

  • Janet says:

    Sounds great ! I went on Amazon for the
    Orange extract . It will be here in a few days . I can’t wait.

  • karen richards says:

    you wrote 2tbs of baking soda.. cookie dough is made and i no see you should have written 2 tsp !! also this dough is so soft it needs to be refrigerated in order to make the balls for rolling. you should add that to your recipe..

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      The recipe was always supposed to be 2 teaspoons. I shared the error on social media and tried to reach out to folks who had commented on the posts and expressed interest. It was an error that we fixed within 24 hours and I sincerely apologize. However, the dough should not be refrigerated before baking, that is correct in the recipe.

  • Kristen says:

    My 9 year old daughter loves to bake. I happened across this recipe and was excited to try it. She did most of the work and these cookies are divine! They are so unique and are honestly some of the tastiest cookies I have ever had. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe and keeping us busy during these crazy times. ❤️

  • Beth says:

    Looks so yummy.

  • Maureen Obuchowski says:

    These are yummy and my son Loves them. Do they need to be stored in refrigerator since they have cream cheese? Thanks.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Nope, they do not need to be refrigerated. 🙂

  • Jeannette Lockman says:

    How many calories per cookie?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Jeannette! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Each cookie is about 175 calories. Have a great day!

  • Georgianne says:

    How many carbs????

  • Kiz says:

    Are you suppose to freeze them before putting them in the oven? Mine is creamy but I can’t really fold it

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Kiz! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. There is no need to chill this dough before baking. The cookies actually tasted less ooey-gooey when the dough was chilled, so we opted to use the dough immediately after preparing. I hope this helps, and have a great day!

  • Barb says:

    I have made these and the dough is so soft I can not begin to roll them, trying a bake of 6 cookies that I just plopped down on the cookie sheet to see how they come out

  • Danielle says:

    hi. must you use orange extract? can you use a bit of orange juice or will it not be strong enough?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      If you don’t have orange extract, you can use fresh orange juice. Here is a simple equivalency:

      1 tablespoon fresh orange juice = 1/2 teaspoon orange extract

      1 teaspoon orange zest = 1 teaspoon orange extract

  • susan mazza says:

    I agree with you Amanda Rettle, Thr dough needs to be refrigerated. Much easier to roll into balls. They are delicious. And they look just like the picture. Will definitely add this to my cookie recipes.

  • Patricia B Warren says:

    My batter was too creamy to roll so I refrigerated until the dough firmed up. Also got 12 to a sheet no problem. They needed 15+ min. Baking time for sure in my gas oven. I used all the zest of my large orange and stuck with just the 1 t. Orange extract.After all these adjustments came out lovely! And yummy!

  • Andrea says:

    Ours turned out well, but not as “orangey” as I expected. I made my own glaze with melted butter, icing sugar, vanilla, orange extract, and orange zest. Mixed it in small amounts until it was like a thickened glaze that is just runny enough to spread on the cookies. Really made them taste like creamsicles, especially when refrigerated!

  • Suzie says:

    These are a hit! THANK YOU for this incredible recipe. During my 5 yr. old grandson’s class time on Zoom, he was eating one during their collective snack time so his teacher asked for the recipe. (For those without kids, image how adorable it is to see 15 kids on Zoom having a snack!) The next day, she texted him a pic of her eating one she made. No surprise she LOVES it too. We’re getting the word out!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Oh my gosh I LOVE THIS!!! <3

  • Raechel says:

    These cookies are delicious. This was my first time ever making an orange flavored cookie and I was not disappointed. Ooey gooey is definitely a great description for them. The texture reminds me of a chess bar. I added a few white chocolate chips to mine just because I had them in the pantry. But I will definitely be making them again.

  • Claire says:

    Delish cookies!!

  • Claire says:

    The cream cheese is the trick! I did not roll the cookies in powdered sugar before baking as I felt the dough was sweet enough. For more orange flavor I added 1 small packet of orange coolaid , and About 1 cp of white baking chips. I also refrigerated the dough a little before baking. The receipe was easy and delicious!!

  • Lateefah Thomas says:

    Delicious! Will be making these again! I added a little icing to mine but they are good without but extra good with icing