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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!
Course Cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 48
Author Sarah


For cookies:

  • 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

For icing:

  • zest of 1 large orange
  • juice of 1 large orange
  • 4 tbsp. butter melted
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


For cookies:

  • 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.

For icing:

  • 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!