Orange Creamsicle Sugar Cookies


Orange Creamsicle Sugar Cookies | Cooking Classy

I try not to post to things that are so similar right in a row, one after another. BUT, we’ll let sugar cookies be the exception. My last post was Samoa Sugar Cookies and I’m obsessed with them (how could I not be? They are two of my favorite cookies combined into one). I decided while it was still on my mind I’d try out the other version I’ve been wanting to post, these Orange Creamsicle Sugar Cookies.

These are very similar to the Lemon Sugar Cookies I posted earlier this year, so if you liked those then you should definitely try out this version too. After all, you can never have to many sugar cookie recipes. These soft cookies are bursting with zesty orange flavor and covered with a creamy and silky smooth frosting. Yes, they really just seem to melt away in your mouth. This is one cookie that you seriously don’t want to miss out on! Plus, their color makes them perfect for the Halloween holiday coming up. Enjoy!

Orange Creamsicle Sugar Cookies | Cooking Classy

Orange Creamsicle Sugar Cookies

Yield: 18 - 20 cookies

Orange Creamsicle Sugar Cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup all vegetable shortening (unflavored), at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 medium orange (1 Tbsp)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Frosting
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • In a bowl combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt and whisk for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, whip together 1/2 cup butter, shortening, sugar and orange zest on medium speed until very pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes, occasionally scrapping down the sides of the bowl. Add in egg and mix until combine, then add egg white, orange extract and vanilla extract and mix until combine. With mixer running, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combine. Transfer dough to an airtight container and refrigerate 2 - 3 hours. Preheat oven to 375 during the last 10 minutes of refrigeration.
  • Scoop dough out and shape into balls, about the size of a golf ball (40 g each). Place dough balls on Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets and dust tops with flour, then using your hands or the bottom of a large measuring cup flatten balls into rounds, about 1/3-inch thick. Bake in preheated oven 8 - 11 minutes (they should still be soft, don't cook until firm - if poked they should still leave an indentation, you just don't want them doughy). Allow to cool 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely then frost and garnish with sprinkles if desired. Store in an airtight container.
  • For the frosting:
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip cream cheese and butter until pale and fluffy. Mix in orange extract followed by powdered sugar and blend until well combined and fluffy.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy, adapted from my Lemon Sugar Cookies and Frosted Sugar Cookies


  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I think you made these just for me! Ive been wanting to make a cookie like this (I have a smoothie recreation) but have never even attempted a cookie! I know as bloggers we try not to ‘duplicate’ our recipes in close succession but if your duplicates are Samoas and Orange Creamsicle – I could hug you :) Pinned! October 19, 2013 at 3:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie :)! October 19, 2013 at 6:56pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: These cookies are absolutely stunning! October 19, 2013 at 11:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Chung-Ah! October 21, 2013 at 2:25pm Reply

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: You had me at orange creamsicle. ;)

    I love all of your creative sugar cookie recipes, Jaclyn. They all look so lovely and your photography is so stunning. I love shooting cookies (and eating them right after, of course). October 20, 2013 at 2:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Sally :)! October 20, 2013 at 9:22pm Reply

  • Dina: they look yummy! October 20, 2013 at 3:40pm Reply

  • Becca @ Crumbs: Oh yum these look simple yet effective. WIll check out the lemon ones for sure!! October 21, 2013 at 1:00am Reply

  • Mindy: Wow, I’ve been looking for something to bake for Halloween and these look perfect and sounds delish. Would stacking them in a treat bag crush the cooking or frosting? Love, love, this blog. October 21, 2013 at 6:48am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you love my blog Mindy :)! I just gave some of these to someone on a plate in a single layer and the frosting got smudged on the wrapping a bit so I probably wouldn’t recommend stacking them. October 21, 2013 at 7:29am Reply

  • Mindy: Sorry I meant to type “cookie” not cooking! October 21, 2013 at 6:49am Reply

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking: I love how simple yet festive these are for Halloween, Jaclyn! Great flavor, too. Thanks for sharing. October 21, 2013 at 1:53pm Reply

  • Deborah: I have definitely got to try these – I am a total citrus lover! October 21, 2013 at 11:12pm Reply

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  • Elle @ Only Taste Matters: I have to compliment you. I made a gluten-free version of this and used your flavoring. You nailed it! I have been burnt by food bloggers before so I generally go to Food Network for my starting point. However, you clearly are an exceptional baker and deserve kudos! Thank you! April 21, 2015 at 1:52pm Reply

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