These Iced Orange Amish Sugar Cookies are bursting with orange zest right in the cookie, but also covered in a thick layer of fresh orange icing! Sweet, rich, and buttery, with slightly crispy edges, and melt-in-your-mouth, soft & puffy middles! These orange cookies are straight-up irresistible.
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Amish Sugar Cookies are simply THE BEST sugar cookies, one of the easiest sugar cookie recipes to make, and one batch makes A LOT of cookies.
I first made Amish Sugar Cookies around the holidays when the recipe jumped out at me in a magazine, and as you guys are very aware, I can’t stop making them. I knew from the first batch that Amish Sugar Cookies are special.
The latest in my ‘Amish Sugar Cookies‘ series, if you will, is these Iced Orange Amish Sugar Cookies. So yeah, just regular Amish Sugar Cookies + a few oranges. Voila. Iced orange cookies, but PERFECT ones. A new flavor of cookie. Zest and fresh orange juice from two oranges – that’s all you need.
But orange cookies are fantastic. Don’t you agree? A really good orange cookie recipe is a must-have.
Classic Amish Sugar Cookies are blessedly simple. The ingredients are ALL basic pantry staples. That’s something I just love about baking, and I never cease to marvel at: so many amazing and incredible recipes are completely basic ingredients, but the whole is greater than the sum of their parts.
Somehow simple things like butter, sugar, flour, and eggs, in different proportions, come together to make very different things, all wonderful. It’s kinda cool.
These Iced Orange Amish Sugar Cookies are just a drop sugar cookie, so they’re a TON less work than a cookie that you’d need to roll into balls, or a cut-out cookie, but you get all the great qualities.
These are sweet, rich, and buttery, with slightly crispy edges, but melt-in-your-mouth, soft & puffy middles.
These orange cookies bursting with orange zest right in the cookie, but also covered in a thick layer of fresh orange icing. Lots of zest there too. Love, love, love.
This is one of the best features of Amish Sugar Cookies. They’re super adaptable and versatile. Amish Sugar Cookies are delightful as-is, but easy to dress up with spices, extracts, glazes, or icings, like with this Orange Amish Sugar Cookies version.
Since falling in love with Amish Cookies, I’ve now made these Coconut Oil Amish Sugar Cookies, Iced Lemon Amish Sugar Cookies, Iced Almond Cookies, and Toasted Coconut Amish Sugar Cookies. Don’t ask me to pick a fave.
Updated August 2018: Thin Crispy Amish Sugar Cookies too!
One batch of Amish Sugar Cookies makes quite a lot of cookies, so you could even split the batch in half or in thirds, and make several different kinds!
Updated March 2019:
Here’s all the other ones I have currently.
- Eggnog Amish Sugar Cookies
- Cranberry Orange Amish Sugar Cookies
- Iced Vanilla Amish Sugar Cookies
- Cherry Almond Amish Sugar Cookies
- Pecan Praline Amish Sugar Cookies
- Iced Maple Amish Sugar Cookies
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Amish Sugar Cookies
- Iced Chai-Spiced Amish Sugar Cookies
- Thin Crispy Amish Sugar Cookies
- Iced Almond Sugar Cookies
- Iced Lemon Amish Sugar Cookies
- Toasted Coconut Amish Sugar Cookies
- Coconut Oil Amish Sugar Cookies
- Peppermint Amish Sugar Cookies
Iced Orange Amish Sugar Cookies
These Iced Orange Amish Sugar Cookies are bursting with orange zest right in the cookie, but also covered in a thick layer of fresh orange icing! Sweet, rich, and buttery, with slightly crispy edges, but melt-in-your-mouth, soft & puffy middles!
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup vegetable, canola, or liquid coconut oil
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- zest of 1 large orange
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- zest of 1 large orange
- juice of 1 large orange
- 4 tbsp. butter melted
- 4 cups powdered sugar
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, oil, and sugars until combined.
Beat in eggs, vanilla, and orange zest.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating until combined. Do not overmix.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets.
Bake at 375 for 8-11 minutes, or until edges and bottoms are lightly browned.
Remove to wire racks to cool.
In a medium bowl, whisk together all icing ingredients until smooth. Add additional powdered sugar, if needed, to achieve desired consistency. Icing should be thick, but spreadable, and not run off the cookie!
Spread over cookies, and allow to set.
These are good for up to a week, but best within the first 3 days. After 3 days, they get crumbly and a bit on the drier side - still a delicious cookie though.
These freeze really well - even iced. But make sure to allow iced cookies to set before freezing, and separate layers of cookies with wax paper or parchment paper!
I've made many variations of these Amish Sugar Cookies, including these Iced Lemon Amish Sugar Cookies, Iced Almond Cookies, Cranberry Orange Amish Sugar Cookies, Coconut Oil Amish Sugar Cookies, Toasted Coconut Amish Sugar Cookies, and Thin & Crispy Amish Sugar Cookies!
If you love orange cookies, please check out a few other wonderful orange cookies recipes! These Orange Creamsicle Cookies are a loooongtime favorite, and for good reason!