This orange creamsicle cookies recipe has all the flavors that made the classic ice cream treat an instant sensation. The concept of a creamsicle, vanilla ice cream wrapped in a layer of frozen fruit juice, was created by an 11-year-old kid in 1905. It was a stroke of genius- just like these cookies.
This recipe crosses orange-flavored fruit cookies with white chocolate chip cookies to create the creamy, dreamy taste of creamsicle cookies. These easy drop cookies come together in minutes and are always a hit.
Let’s fire up the oven and get baking!
This recipe nails the orange creamsicle flavor, but it’s got lots more going for it!
- Their chewy texture
- Makes a big batch
- Simple ingredients
- Easy to make
How To Make Orange Creamsicle Cookies Recipe
To make these cookies, begin by mixing the dry ingredients and set them aside. Next, cream together the butter, sugar, and eggs. Incorporate the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix in the flavorings and white chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls on a cookie sheet and bake.
These orange cookies are very straightforward to make, but here are a few tips to make them the best they can be.
Overmixing- Overmixing leads to gluten development, which makes for tough cookies. As you add the dry ingredients, stir until there is a streak or two of flour left. Then, finish mixing as you stir in the baking chips.
Zesting the orange- orange zest brings a big orange flavor. I like to use a Microplane to zest citrus fruit. Be sure to only take the orange rind and avoid the bitter white pith.
Orange extract- to increase the orange flavor, you can use orange extract instead of vanilla.
Butter- Be sure to use real, full-fat butter for the chewiest, most tender cookies. Margarine will not give you the same results!
White chocolate chips- I prefer actual white chocolate chips for the creamy, sweetness they bring. Vanilla baking chips, commonly mistaken for white chocolate chips, will work in a pinch, but you might lose a bit of the smooth, creamy taste.
Allow the cookies to cool completely before putting them in a tightly sealed container. Keep them in a cool place for maximum freshness.
Can You Freeze This?
You can freeze both the baked cookies and the dough from this recipe. To freeze the baked cookies, allow the cookies to cool completely before putting them in a freezer container. For maximum freshness, individually wrap the cookies in cling wrap. Baked cookies are usually good for about 6 months in the freezer.
For the dough, drop by spoonfuls on a cookie sheet or plate. Put it in the freezer for about 2 hours. Transfer the frozen dough balls into a freezer bag. The frozen dough will keep for about 2 months.
Make Ahead Tips
You can make the dough up to 2 days ahead of time and store it in the fridge. Otherwise, the baked cookies hold well for 4-5 days.
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
According to food handling guidelines, cookie dough will keep for 2 days in the fridge.
If you want to experiment with this cookie, here are some variations to consider.
- Cranberry and orange are a yummy combination. You could add a handful of dried cranberries to this cookie. My cranberry orange shortbread cookies are very similar and totally delicious!
- You can make these cookies into lemon creamsicle cookies by simply swapping the orange for lemon. I’m sure they’ll be every bit as creamy and delicious as lemon ricotta cookies. I love lemon cookies. Lemon sugar cookies and lemon drop cookies are two of my favorites!
Orange Creamsicle Cookies
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar firmly packed
- 1 egg large
- 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange zest
- 12 ounces white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture until combined. Stir in orange zest and white chocolate chips.
- Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Do not flatten cookies; it will make them dry. Bake 8 - 11 minutes or until golden brown around edges. Do not overcook! Cookies will be plump. Cool for several minutes on cookie sheets before transferring to rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container.
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Fruit makes a great addition to a cookie. Here are a few more ideas!
- Pumpkin Spice Cookies– All your favorite fall spices in a cookie
- Pineapple Cookies – Sweet, citrusy pineapple flavor
- Lemon Crinkle Cookies – pretty as a picture and delicious too
- Lemon Shortbread Cookies – Simple shortbread with a lemony kick
- Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies – Coconut and chocolate pair perfectly in this cookie!
This orange creamsicle cookies recipe is always a hit. The creamy undertones with the bright orange flavor always catch people off guard, and they always come back for seconds! They’re perfect for cookie trays, Sunday picnics, or for a quick family snack.
I know you’re going to love them. Be sure to leave me a comment below, and let me know how they work for you!