Glazed Orange Cookies

I’ve been pretty busy lately. Work has picked up, and I’ve been fighting off a cold. Nothing can bring me down though, because I’m going to see one of my best friends in Japan in a little over a week!

To fight off this impending cold, I’ve been drinking lots of fluids, taking my vitamins, and trying to get enough rest. Vitamin C is said to be important to fight off infection, so I thought to myself, “This is a great excuse to make something yummy with orange.”

These cookies are very versatile; you can use different citruses or omit the zest altogether, substitute milk for the juice, and roll the dough in granulated sugar for wonderfully soft sugar cookies.

Glazed Orange Cookies


1 stick butter, room temperature

¾ cup sugar

1 Tablespoon lemon zest

2 egg yolks

2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch salt

¼ teaspoon baking soda*

½ teaspoon cream of tartar*

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour


3/4 cup powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter and sugar on medium speed in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until lightened in color, about 3 minutes. Add zest and yolks, and cream for an additional 2 minutes. Add vanilla extract, juice, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Mix until combined. Add flour, and mix just until incorporated. Scoop 1 oz of cookie dough onto parchment lined baking trays two inches apart (a standard baking tray will fit 12 cookies per tray). Bake for 14-16 minutes, until cookies are firm to the touch and the edges are light brown. Allow to cool completely before glazing. For glaze: combine both ingredients in a bowl with a whip. Using a spoon or brush, glaze cooled cookies. Allow glaze to set before storing in an airtight container at room temperature with parchment paper between the layers for up to 5 days.

*For chewier and thicker cookies, substitute baking powder for the baking soda and cream of tartar

**Recipe adapted from Cynthia Hinton’s Iced Lemon Cookie Recipe



One thought on “Glazed Orange Cookies

  1. Dear Butter,

    So beautiful! Why is it that I’m sure I can smell the cookies?! It’s because the photo is so perfect. Now, if I could just taste them. . .

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