Soft Baked Orange Sugar Cookies are soft sugar cookies that burst with orange flavor and are sure to be your new favorite easy cookie recipe.
For the majority of my existence, I have not had an overwhelming love of the flavor orange and writing a recipe for Soft Baked Orange Sugar Cookies was the furthest thing from my mind. It’s nothing personal, I have just always been able to simply take it or leave it without a second thought. Take an orange, for example .. I never think to pick up oranges at the store but then when I do eat an orange (some random orange-eating day) then I wonder why I never pick up oranges because they are delicious and then just as fast, the thought is gone. I mean, I don’t even like the color Orange and before anyone even says it, it is NOT because I am a Florida State fan. Orange is just a flavor I never think about.
Enter Big Scary Mike …. Mike LOVES anything orange (except the color because he WILL profile based on football team loyalty). So in my attempt to be a good wife, over the years I have tried to keep an open mind and bring various orange flavored things into his world. Somewhere along the line, my Orange Switch was flipped and now I am a true, full-blown orange addict with a side of orange frosting, please! Life is funny like that sometimes. Now these Soft Baked Orange Sugar Cookies are the one cookie that gets made more than any other in this house.. and that’s OK!!
HOW DO YOU ZEST AN ORANGE?
This recipe for Soft Baked Orange Sugar Cookies calls for you to zest an orange. How do you do that? Easy! When a recipe calls for orange zest, it means finely minced or grated orange peel. The orange peel is the orange ‘skin’ on an orange and it sits on top of the white pith layer. You can zest an orange with a knife, a microplane or even the small openings on a standard standing cheese grater. To zest with the microplane (shown below), just rub the orange in one direction against the little blades. Turn the orange as you go so you remove only the orange part. The white layer is bitter so stroke only 2 or 3 times in one spot of the orange before rotating the orange to a new unzested spot.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO CHILL THIS RECIPE?
If you want fluffy soft sugar cookies, you will chill this cookie dough. Chilling cookie dough before baking your cookies solidifies the fat in the cookie batter. As the cookies bake, the fat in the chilled cookie dough takes longer to melt than room-temperature fat. And the longer the fat remains solid, the less your cookies will spread. If you cook your Soft Baked Orange Sugar Cookies without chilling the dough, you will end up with flatter cookies and who wants that?
HOW DO YOU MAKE SOFT BAKED ORANGE SUGAR COOKIES?
Easy! To make these Soft Baked Orange Sugar Cookies, start by creaming together the sugar, butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Stir in your eggs one at a time and then your orange extract, orange zest and orange juice. In a separate bowl, combine both of your flours, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Slowly add in the dry ingredients in small increments to your butter mixture until all of your dry ingredients are incorporated.
Chill dough in the refrigerator for 1 hr or you can place in the freezer for 20 – 30 minutes. Once your cookie dough has chilled, start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a cookie sheet with non-stick spray or cover in parchment paper. Add 1/3 cup of sugar to a separate small bowl for rolling. Using a spoon or a cookie scoop, scoop your dough and then roll into 1 inch balls and then roll the balls through the extra sugar.
Place cookies on the cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes.. no more, no less! They will seem under-cooked but trust me, they will firm up as they cool. Remove from oven and let sit for 1 minute before moving the cookies to a cooling rack. Once cooled, store cookies in an airtight container.
This is an amazing soft baked sugar cookie recipe on its own and the cookies come out chewy and soft and absolutely perfect in every way. If you do want to add a different flavor, the possibilities are endless. Almond, lemon, vanilla, peppermint… go crazy!!
MORE EASY COOKIE RECIPES
- Copycat Lofthouse Sugar Cookies
- Chocolate Cut Out Cookies
- Green Crinkle Cookies
- Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies
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- 1 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2/3 cup butter cold
- 2/3 cup shortening room temp
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 ounce orange extract
- Zest of two oranges
- Juice of 1/4 of an orange
- 2 3/4 cup cake flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Extra sugar for rolling .. natural sugar or colored sugar works really well.. about 1/3 cup
Cream together sugar, butter and shortening until light and fluffy.
Stir in your eggs one at a time and then your orange extract, orange zest and orange juice.
In a separate bowl, combine both of your flours, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.
Slowly add dry ingredients in small increments to your butter mixture until all of your dry ingredients are incorporated.
Chill batter in the refrigerator for 1 hr or you can place in the freezer for 20 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a cookie sheet with non-stick spray or cover in parchment paper.
Add 1/3 cup of sugar to a separate bowl for rolling.
Remove and then roll dough into 1 inch balls and then roll the balls through the extra sugar.
Place cookies on the cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes.. no more, no less! They will seem under-cooked but trust me, they will firm up as they cool.
Remove from oven and let sit for 1 minute before moving the cookies to a cooling rack
Once cooled, store cookies in an airtight container