Orange Butter Cookies

Orange Butter Cookies


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These orange butter cookies are a unique spin on the classic winter cookie favorites. Serve these on a tray with a liberal dusting of powdered sugar, and your guests won't be able to get enough!

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Time needed

30 min preparation + 12 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

10-12 cookies


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbs finely grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Option – white chocolate frosting and shavings

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment or nonstick baking liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt. 

Using a mixer beat the butter, sugar, and zest on medium speed for  about 2 minutes, or until well blended.  Add the egg yolks in one at a time, thoroughly mixing each. Finally, add the vanilla and mix for an additional minute. Slowly blend in flour mix until moist clumps form.

Move dough to a work surfaced lined with plastic wrap.  Separate into two even halves and knead each half into a smooth dough.  Flatten into flat disc, about 5 inches in diameter.  Wrap in the plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 

Remove chilled dough from fridge and roll each disk on floured surface until it is about ¼ inch thick.  Using any festive holiday cookie cutter and cut out shapes. Place each cookie about 1 inch apart on the lined cookie sheets. 

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden-brown. Let trays stand about 5 minutes before transferring cookies to wire rack to cool completely.

Decorate with white chocolate icing and shavings, if desired.

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