Thursday, June 1, 2017

Orange Drop Cookies

I helped out earlier this month at the local Relay for Life by selling flowers at our company table. My neighboring table was selling church cookbooks. You know what happened already, don't you? Yes, I bought one. It's the first local cookbook I have bought since living in this area, so I was really excited to see what I might find. One recipe grabbed me right away, and it is perfect for our "Summer" theme to Fill the Cookie Jar. 

Orange Drop Cookies were the ones to grab my attention. A nice bright flavor twist is a perfect change for summer, in my opinion. While my husband thinks every cookie should revolved around chocolate chips, 
I do like variety and trying new flavors out. How about you?

This recipe makes a cake like cookie. While that usually isn't what I am after in a cookie, I really did enjoy these, 
and I LOVED the flavor. Just the right amount of orange for my taste buds.

 If you are interested in joining Fill The Cookie Jar group on facebook, fill out the form that can be found at Fill The Cookie Jar. Each month we bake a different theme for the cookie.
We bake, we share and we enjoy our cookies!

Orange Drop Cookies

1 Orange (I used Navel)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
3 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 1/4 cup all-purpose flour*** (See note below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.  Zest and juice orange, set aside.  In large mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy.   Add eggs one at a time, scraping sides of bowl after each addition. Add buttermilk, and zest and juice of ONE of the oranges.  Mix well.

In medium bowl, combine baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour. Whisk together.  Gradually add to butter mixture, mixing until combined.  (Dough will be sticky and not thick like regular cookie dough.)

Using small cookie dough scoop (1 tablespoon), drop dough onto lined baking sheets, several inches apart.  Bake for 9-11 minutes, just until edges are starting to turn golden. Cool for 5-6 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to cooling rack.

Orange Glaze
1 Orange (I used Navel)
3 1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided
Orange food coloring (optional)

Zest and juice the orange.  In small bowl combine with 3 cups powdered sugar, . Stir until combined. And remaining powdered sugar as needed to reach desired consistency. Add food coloring, if desired, mixing well.  After glazed, let set until glaze is hardened.

Store in air-tight container 3-5 days.

*** If you cookie dough is to sticky, add up to 1/4 additional flour.

Make sure you take some time to see what the other home bakers have been creating.

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Basil Lime Cookies by Join Us, Pull Up a Chair

Orange Drop Cookies by Big Rigs n' Lil' Cookies


  1. I would love these cakey cookies too. The glaze makes them even more tempting!

  2. I love orange 🍊Yum! These look delicious :)

  3. Haha, I had to laugh when you said your husband thinks cookies should revolve around chocolate chips! These look great and I would love them. The bright orange flavor is calling me! Thanks so much for being a part of the Fill The Cookie Jar group. I enjoy seeing what you create!

  4. Chocolate chip anything is a hit here too. I'm about the orange!

  5. They sound delicious. Next time add some chocolate chips for the hubby. I love chocolate and orange together.

  6. Those cookbooks can be dangerous. I have quite a few. And this recipe definitely looks like a keeper.

  7. If a cookie tastes like a cake, I'll take a dozen! Yum!!

  8. i don't think i've ever had an orange-flavored cookie! not only do they catch the eye, but they'd taste deliciously refreshing too!

  9. Orange cookies are the only staple cookie in our house. I add orange extract to our roll out cookies also and make them in fun summer shapes like ducks and chickens. I buy organic orange extract at Whole Foods and it adds a nice "classic orange" flavour to the orange zest. Another thing you can do to accommodate your hubby's chocolate request, is dip half of the cookie into melted chocolate. Then you can have the pure side and the chocolate side.

  10. These look amazing! I can tell already that my dad would love them too! I am putting them on my list!

  11. Yummy ... you know me, I pinned, and I will make these. Mr. Atticus' will be our taste tester.