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Orange Sugar Cookies

Orange Sugar Cookies are super soft sugar cookies with just a touch of orange flavor and covered with a creamy sweet orange frosting.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Orange Sugar Cookies
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 350kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke-iambaker.net



  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • cups (250g) granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (94g) confectioners' sugar
  • ¾ cup (168g) vegetable oil
  • 3 large (6 ounces) eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • cups (688g) all-purpose flour


  • ½ cups (1 stick or 113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup (173g) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon orange extract
  • 4-5 cups (500-625g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 drop orange food coloring, red + yellow food coloring


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter, granulated sugar, confectioners' sugar and mix until just combined.
  • Drizzle in oil and pour in eggs, orange juice, orange zest, and orange extract, and mix well.
  • In a bowl add the cream of tartar and salt to the flour and roughly sift.
  • Slowly add the flour to the butter mixture and allow the mixer to combine until the dough pulls away from the sides of the mixer bowl.
  • Using an ice cream/cookie scoop, scoop out golf-ball size portions on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Roll out each cookie dough ball until it is smooth and round.
  • Using a kitchen glass that has been pressed into granulated sugar, press down on each cookie dough ball until the center of the cookie is pressed flatter than the edges. Repeat this on all cookies.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes or until edges are just slightly starting to brown and center no longer appears wet. Let the cookies cool while you prepare the frosting.
  • NOTE: It is important to not over-bake the cookies. Be sure to check your cookies at 7 minutes. Every oven is different and overbaking can result in a tough, crumbly, tasteless cookie. Let your first batch be a test batch so you can ensure the remaining cookies are perfect and soft!


  • In a clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter, sour cream, orange juice, salt, and orange extract.
  • Once ingredients are fully incorporated, start adding the confectioner's sugar, about a 1/2 cup at a time. (You may not need all 5 cups. Keep an eye on the frosting to determine when it has reached your desired consistency. If it gets too be too thick you can add some milk to loosen.)
  • Add in a drop of orange food coloring for the soft orange color.
  • Spread on cooled cookies using an offset spatula.


Calories: 350kcal