Dreamy Orange Cookies

Sometimes I feel like the gap between old and young is dauntingly vast.  I’m at an age where I still exhibit enough trendy tendencies that I can blend in with the younger kids, but show ever-increasing instances of obliviousness to pop culture that makes me feel like I’m progressing in the other direction.

For example, a girl at work was talking to her friend when such expressions as “bomb dot com” and “NBD” came out of her mouth.  She later clarified that the former is a synonym for “rock on” and the latter a time saver from saying the entire exhausting phrase “no big deal.”

I also recently was told that my cousin’s son who cannot even read yet refused to come out from his room after pulling up a weather app on her iPhone and noticing that the doppler radar had a bright green and red blob heading his way.

My surprise to those scenarios makes me wonder how far into the other end of the spectrum I have already plunged.  But then.  Sometimes.  When you’re feeling a little nervous, your family can come through.

My mother, who refuses to file down her enormously long, although beautiful, nails has entered the realm of touch screen phones.  After becoming increasingly frustrated with the auto-correct feature, she, to the rest of the family’s detriment, disabled it.  So instead of getting texts with one random word being completely wrong, now every word is mostly wrong.

When I asked her via text who all was going to make the drive to Indiana this weekend to visit our cousins, I unfortunately received:

 “Grandms.  Ylu, me….I

haved askd mossa and an.

No cknfjrm from them

Yet…if there’s rokn, dad

Will ho too.  Magbe not


Some things you should know:  my cousins do not live on a chicken farm, my sisters’ names are neither mossa nor an, and rokn is not a Slovak dessert that my dad loves.

Regardless of where people rank on the young vs. old scale, there are some things that transcend it all.  One of those things is a ridiculously fabulous dreamy orange cookie.  Whether you’re a chocolate person or even someone who doesn’t like very sweet things, this one will getcha.  It seems to evoke joy in everyone, of all ages.  And weirdly enough, it seems to bring memories to the surface as well…whatever citrus-y and buttery happy memories those may be.

Oh yeah, and if you don’t hear from me this weekend, it’s because I’ll be eating dreamy orange cookies on the chicken farm with mossa and an.

Off to dream land.

Bold citrus oil concealed in strands of an orange’s cloak joins a buttery base.

Assistance from flour makes a bright dough.

Bake time.

Make a fragrant pool set while waiting.

Take your winnings and pour a sugary bath to welcome your finished sweets.

Be seduced by warm citrus glaze wrapping around each rounded top.

Dreamy, bright sweetness.  Happiness is unavoidable.

Dreamy Orange Cookies

These dolls pack an astoundingly assertive orange flavor while remaining balanced, light and moist.  Make sure you review the “No Extracts Allowed” sign before continuing as this is a fresh, sweet and vibrant citrus cookie that is perfectly pure.  Refreshingly sweet and soft orange dreams they are.  If you love the flattery of compliments from your baked goods, make these for people.  Often.


  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 1/4 C organic pure palm oil shortening
  • 1/2 C white sugar
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 T fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 C plus 2 T flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt


  • 3 T fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Cream the butter and shortening with the white and brown sugars until fluffy and light in color.
  3. Add the egg and beat thoroughly.  Pour in the vanilla, orange juice and zest and stir to combine.
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add this dry mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir just until dough comes together.
  5. Drop on cookie sheet in rounded dollops 1 1/2 T in size.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until the outermost edges begin to turn golden.
  7. While the cookies are baking, combine all of the glaze ingredients together and whisk.
  8. Drop the thick glaze on warm cookies sitting on a cooling rack and allow it to drip off.  Cool and mangia.

Orange you glad you scrolled down for some tips?  Yeah, I promise.  Never again.

  • If your dough spreads too much due to the ingredients being too warm, place the whole bowl in the fridge for 30 min to an hour and then bake them.  Just remember to increase your cook time slightly.
  • Don’t worry about the cookies appearing soft when you transfer them to a cooling rack.  Those slightly bronzed edges will become crisp as they sit all the while staying soft on the inside.
  • If you need to add more powdered sugar or more orange juice in the glaze to achieve the desired consistency, go for it!  You want it to be pretty thick or it will just run all the way off the cookie while they’re warm.  You’re looking for a good topping so it needs to have some body to it.
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4 Responses to Dreamy Orange Cookies

  1. Wow, this looks so tasty! I’ve never had an orange cookie before, I want to try it now!

  2. hungrygems says:

    These are one of my most complimented desserts whenever I bring them out. Can’t wait for you to try them!

  3. angelamendez1120@gmail.com says:

    They look amazing!!!!

  4. hungrygems says:

    Thanks Angela- they are fab!

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