Soft Baked Orange Sugar Cookies are soft sugar cookies that burst with orange flavor and are sure to be your new favorite sweet treat.
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 that we have our little back-story in place, lets move into the present. My mom gave me a recipe for a this weird little orange cookie to make at Christmas time and although it honestly is one of my favorite cookies… it’s odd. It doesn’t mean to be odd but is just is and that being said, probably will not be a huge hit on the Christmas Cookie Top 40, if you know what I mean. It has like maybe three ingredients to it, it’s weird to form into a ball… it’s just an odd little cookie that only odd little people like me will probably like. So in my quest for all that is orange flavored, I decided we needed to have a non-weird orange Christmas cookie that would please and delight the average cookie chomper and also be jam-packed with flavor. And be soft.. soft sugar cookies deliciously chewy… mmmm… a soft baked orange sugar cookie of epic proportions that will go down as the most amazing orange Christmas cookie OF ALL TIME.
Ok.. I might have let that one run away from me.
If you are not a fan of orange, leave it out. This is an amazing 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, peppermint… go crazy!! Don’t forget to try my Soft Chocolate Sugar Cookies and especially my Pink Sugar Cookies .. yum!!!
Give this recipe a try and I’m sure these Soft Baked Orange Sugar Cookies will quickly become one of your favorites too.
Happiness and blessings!
- 1 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2/3 cup butter (cold)
- 2/3 cup shortening (room temp)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 oz orange extract (1/2 the bottle)
- Zest of two oranges
- Juice of 1/4 of 1 orange
- 2 3/4 cup cake flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Extra sugar for rolling .. natural sugar or colored sugar works really well.. about 1/3 cup
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a cookie sheet with non-stick spray or cover in parchment paper.
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 in 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.
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 7 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