Orange Butter Cookies A great cookie for rolling out and cutting your favorite holiday shapes.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Buttery and soft, these are delicious sugar cookies. Add fresh orange zest and there’s a tasty zing to the cookie. They’re not overly sweet, so the orange glaze adds a touch of sweetness and more orange flavor. Simple to make, they’ll be the perfect addition to a holiday cookie tray.


  • 1Valencia orange, zested
  • 2 sticksweet cream butter, no salt
  • 1/2 cgranulated sugar
  • 1egg
  • 1 tspvanilla extract
  • 3 call-purpose flour
  • 2 TbspValencia orange juice
  • 1 – 2 cpowdered sugar

How to Make Orange Butter Cookies

Test Kitchen Tips We chilled the dough for about an hour to make it easier to work with before rolling.

  1. Orange Butter Cookies Preheat oven 350 F. Mix together butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and orange zest. Reserving orange for juice later in the recipe.
  2. Orange Butter Cookies Then add eggs and vanilla. Scrape bowl and mix briefly.
  3. Orange Butter Cookies Add flour until just mixed. Turn out on the counter and knead once or twice to make sure it has come together in a cohesive mass.
  4. Orange Butter Cookies Divide dough into thirds. Put the dough in a plastic bag.
  5. Orange Butter Cookies Use one third at a time. Chill other pieces of dough until ready to use. Roll out to about 1/4 inch. Use cookie cutters and cut into your favorite shapes.
  6. Orange Butter Cookies Bake for 10 minutes. Edges should be lightly browned when taken out of the oven. Cool on a cookie rack.
  7. Orange Butter Cookies Make glaze from reserved Valencia orange juice. Start with 2 Tbsp of juice. Add about a cup of powdered sugar until a thick glaze is formed.
  8. Orange Butter Cookies Spread glaze on cookies with a butter knife. Let dry overnight. Store in an airtight container.


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