Soft and chewy, quick and easy orange cookies recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. A doctored cake mix recipe, loaded with orange zest, extract, juice.
These cookies are crispy on the outside, thanks to a generous coating of granulated sugar but they still manage to stay soft on the inside. Their lovely orange color is so vibrant that it's perfect for Summer birthday parties and weddings.
They are also known as orange creamsicle cookies. The strong citrus flavor comes from the addition of orange zest, orange juice, and orange extract, which can be adjusted, based on your preference.
How to make orange cookies?
- Mix together eggs, oil, orange zest, juice, extract, orange color.
- Add cake mix.
- Chill dough.
- Form cookie dough balls.
- Roll in sugar
- Bake and you are done.
How to make cranberry orange cookies?
This version is very popular around the Christmas holidays and there is only a minor change in the recipe. When the cookie dough is almost ready, stir in ½ cup chopped cranberries. Then, chill dough, roll into balls, coat in sugar and bake. Drizzle melted white chocolate on top of each cookie and you are done.
Tips and Techniques
- What cake mix flavor to use? The best choice would obviously be orange cake mix, However, that seems to be very hard to find and I typically only see it at some stores during the Summer. So, yellow cake mix is your alternative and the orange flavors can be added to that through zest, juice and extract.
- All ingredients must be at room temperature- This helps them blend together smoothly and evenly.
- Don't over-mix the cookie dough- Because that yields very tough cookies. Mix until just combined, even if there are a few lumps.
- Don't replace oil with butter- Because butter makes the cookies very dense.
- Rolling in sugar- I like to roll in granulated sugar because of the crunch it gives these cookies. However, if you want to make orange crinkle cookies, roll them in powdered sugar.
- Chill dough- You must do this because it makes the dough less sticky, which means you can easily roll it into balls without making a mess. Also, chilling prevents the cookies from spreading too much during baking.
- Make cookie sandwiches- By filling them with American Buttercream Frosting or Cream Cheese Frosting or even Orange frosting.
- Make iced/ frosted orange cookies- By frosting just the tops with frosting of your choice.
- Turn these into chocolate orange cookies- Mix in ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips in the dough. When the cookies have fully baked at cooled down, dip each cookie halfway in melted chocolate, toss some chocolate sprinkles and let it set. Instead of dipping cookies in chocolate, you can also drizzle melted white chocolate on top of the cookies for a pretty appearance.
- Toss some add-ins in the dough- Such as chopped nuts or chopped cranberries, mini marshmallows or even chocolate chips (white or semisweet).
Other doctored cake mix recipes
- Easy Black Forest Cake With Cake Mix
- Oreo Cupcakes With Cake Mix
- Chocolate Molten Lava Cake (Crockpot)
- Red Velvet Cookies With Cake Mix
- Chocolate Banana Bread With Cake Mix
- Cake Mix Pumpkin Donuts
- Easy Pumpkin Cake With Cake Mix
- Easy Apple Cake With Cake Mix
- Cake Mix Cookie Bars
- Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies
- Cake Mix Chocolate M&M Cookies
- Easy Cake Mix Brownies
- Cake Mix Champagne Cupcakes
- Coconut Cranberry Cake With Cake Mix
- Eggnog Cookies
- Easy Gingerbread Cookies With Cake Mix
Easy Orange Cookies (With Cake Mix)
- Add cake mix and mix until just combined.
- Chill dough for 20-30 minutes to make it easier to handle.
- Scoop out small portions of the dough and make little balls.
- Roll balls in sugar.
- Place them on a cookie tray, lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until edges are firm but center is slightly soft.
- Once they cool down, frost them with orange buttercream or drizzle some orange glaze and enjoy!
- Read all my tips above.
- Leftovers can be stored in a cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Until next time, tata my lovelies!