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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!

 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

Every winter, I look forward to the change in citrus at the store. While it’s easy to find oranges year round, the best time to purchase citrus is as the temperature goes down and Florida and California enter prime citrus season. This Florida girl makes it a point to have oranges in the house almost as soon as the weather cools, no matter where we live. And citrus desserts – like these orange cream cheese cookies – are the perfect way to celebrate!

 

 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

Cream cheese cookies are definitely cookies for the cake lover. They’re soft, almost like a sweet biscuit or tiny almost cake bites with a satisfying mix of textures between the cookie and the glaze. The cream cheese in these cookies is probably the secret ingredient to why they taste so good. Since cream cheese is a little salty, it cuts the sugar and rounds out the flavors perfectly. Also, have you ever had cream cheese frosting on orange cake? Amazing.

 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

 

With that kind of pairing, there is no way these cookies wouldn’t be good, and gone, way too quickly. It took willpower to keep me from eating like 8 of these in a sitting. The recipe makes about 4 dozen, and in the name of “research”, half of those were consumed by my family in a span of under 48 hours. It’s a good thing I packed up the rest to share! And that I bought more oranges… this recipe is perfect for cookie exchanges.

 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

And since we’re celebrating all things orange, head over to visit some other orange recipes on my “to try” list…

Duck a l’orange – Krumpli

 

 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

Yield: 4 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

 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!

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. 

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 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

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Monday 7th of May 2018

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Jo-Lynn

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016

What are the nutritional counts for these cookies?

Jo-Lynn

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016

Thank you, I'll check it out.

Mary (The Goodie Godmother)

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016

I'm not sure, but I know My Fitness Pal has a great tool that allows you to easily import recipes to determine nutritional information. It's compatible with my site's recipe card. :)

Nicole @Little Blog on the Homestead

Friday 30th of October 2015

How fun are these!! I love the cute play on those chocolate oranges and think these would go over really well at my house!

The Godmother

Saturday 31st of October 2015

Thank you! I was really happy with how they turned out and think I'm going to make them again for Christmas.

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