Orange Creamsicle Cookies are so soft, sweet, and made with just the right amount of real orange flavor! Make these homemade orange cookies with creamy, zesty frosting for just about any occasion and watch them quickly disappear.

orange creamsicle cookies recipe

Orange Creamsicle Cookies

I’ve always been a Creamsicle fan! Whether that signature flavor is featured in cake, ice cream, milkshakes, or these homemade cookies, I’ve never been able to turn it down. Essentially, this recipe features homemade orange cookies that are SO dreamy and soft that are topped off with the best ever orange cream frosting. So zesty, creamy, and Creamsicle flavored!

What I really love about Orange Creamsicle Cookies is that you can enjoy them at any time of the year. Need something unique to bring to the cookie exchange that’s not the same old gingerbread? How about a sweet treat for the upcoming springtime tea party? These sweet and citrus-y cookies are delicious all year round, which is great, because that’s how often I crave them.

orange creamsicle cookies on cookie rack

And don’t worry – just because they’re homemade doesn’t mean they’re a hassle! These frosted orange cookies are so easy to make in just a few easy to follow steps with a handful of inexpensive ingredients. My biggest piece of advice would be to decide in advance who gets to lick the frosting bowl… Or just whip it up when everyone’s out of the house so you don’t have to share!

orange creamsicle cookies in a cookie tin
orange creamsicle ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

  • Butter – 1 cup ( 2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • Sugar – 2 cups granulated sugar
  • Eggs – 2 eggs
  • Buttermilk – 1 cup buttermilk
  • Flour – 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Baking soda – 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Salt – dash of salt
  • Orange – juice and zest of 1 orangePowdered sugar – 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Butter – 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • Orange – juice and zest of 1 orange and 1/4 cup orange juice, if needed
mixing orange creamsicle cookie dough

How to Make Orange Creamsicle Cookies

  1. Prepare. Preheat your oven to 350°f. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. Make the cookie dough. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar before you beat in the eggs and buttermilk. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually combine the wet and dry mixtures. Add the orange juice and zest.
  3. Bake the cookies. Drop the cookie dough balls onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool completely on a wire rack.
scooping orange creamsicle cookie dough onto cookie sheet
frosted orange creamsicle cookies

MAKE THE FROSTING. Beat together all of the ingredients for the frosting with an electric mixer. Add juice to thin it out if needed.

FROST THE COOKIES. Use a butter knife or frosting spatula to frost each of the cooled cookies.

orange creamsicle cookies on cookie stand

Tips for the BEST Orange Creamsicle Cookies

  • Let the cookies cool before frosting them. If the cookies are still warm at all, the frosting will melt and your cookies will be ruined. Make sure the cookies are fully cooled to room temperature prior to frosting!
  • Thin the icing as needed. If you find that your frosting is too thick to easily spread, stir in a splash of orange juice until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Use a cookie scoop. It’s SO important to make sure all of your cookies are the same size so they bake evenly. Use a cookie scoop to make sure they’re all about 1 TBSP in size.

How long will Orange Creamsicle Cookies stay fresh?

In an airtight container at room temperature, these homemade cookies will stay fresh for about 3-4 days. Make sure you give the frosting a little time to set before you attempt to stack the cookies.

orange creamsicle cookies in cookie box
Yield: About 5 dozen cookies

Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Orange Creamsicle Cookies are so soft, sweet, and made with just the right amount of real orange flavor! Make these homemade orange cookies with creamy, zesty frosting for just about any occasion and watch them quickly disappear.

orange creamsicle cookies on cookie stand

Ingredients

Orange cookies:

  • 1 cup ( 2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash of salt
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange

orange cream FROSTING:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, if needed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar; beat in eggs and buttermilk.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; add gradually to the creamed mixture.
  4. Add orange juice and zest.
  5. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Cool on wire cooling racks. Frost when cooled.

MAKE FROSTING:

  1. Beat powdered sugar, butter, orange juice and zest; gradually add additional juice, if needed, until desired consistency.
  2. Frost cookies using a knife or frosting spatula.
  3. Let the frosting "set" before storing them in an airtight container so they don't stick together.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 1gSugar: 39gProtein: 3g

Lately, I feel like I’m going cookie crazy! Make more of my favorites like Potato Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Cup Cookies, and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies.