Orange cream cheese cookies are a cake like cookie perfect for citrus lovers. Naturally flavored with the perfect amount of fresh orange and topped with an easy orange cookie glaze, they're so easy to eat and share! * GoodieGodmother.com
Orange Cream Cheese Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 

 Orange cream cheese cookies are a cake like cookie perfect for citrus lovers. Naturally flavored with the perfect amount of fresh orange and topped with an easy orange cookie glaze, they're so easy to eat and share!

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 dozen
Author: Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
Ingredients
Cookie Batter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Orange Cookie Glaze
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 3-4 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Beat the cream cheese, butter, sugar, and orange zest until fluffy.
  3. Mix in the egg. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. In another bowl, sift together the salt, flour, and baking powder.
  5. Stir the flour mixture into the butter and sugar and mix until just combined.
  6. Drop the cookies in tablespoons on the baking sheets and bake 10-13 minutes, rotating the pans once halfway through baking. The cookies won't really change color, but you'll notice a very light golden tint around the bottom edge. You can also pick one up to check color.

  7. Remove from the oven and allow to rest on the pan 2 minutes before transferring to a rack set over parchment to cool.

  8. Once the cookies are cool, mix together the glaze ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Start with 2 tablespoons of water and add more as needed to create a smooth glaze. Dunk the tops of the cookies in one at a time, gently shake off the excess, then return the cookie to the cooling rack so the icing can set. 

  9. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to one week.