Orange Cookies {With Cake Mix}

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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.

Easy Orange Cookies Recipe

How to make orange cookies?

  1. Mix together eggs, oil, orange zest, juice, extract, orange color.
  2. Add cake mix.
  3. Chill dough.
  4. Form cookie dough balls.
  5. Roll in sugar
  6. 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 1/2 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.

Soft and Chewy Orange Cookies Recipe

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 3/4 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).
Easy Orange Cookies With Cake Mix

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Easy Orange Cookies (With Cake Mix)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Soft and chewy, quick and easy orange cookies recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. A doctored cake mix recipe, loaded with orange zest, extract, juice. 
Yield: 20 Cookies


  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 2 Eggs, Large
  • 1 tbsp Orange zest
  • 2 tbsp Orange juice
  • 2 tsp Orange extract
  • Orange gel coloring
  • 1 box Yellow cake mix, Use orange cake mix, if you can find it.
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar, For rolling cookie dough balls
  • Orange buttercream frosting, Optional, For icing top of cookies


  • In a large mixing bowl, add oil, eggs, orange zest, orange juice, orange extract, orange gel coloring and mix until fluffy.
  • 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. 


Calories: 174kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 194mg, Potassium: 21mg, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 25IU, Vitamin C: 1.2mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 0.6mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 174
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

14 comments on “Orange Cookies {With Cake Mix}”


  2. I am excited to try the recipe and I have my orange cake mix right here.
    However, could I use this recipe without coating the cookies with sugar?? I don’t like to eat something with the texture of granulated sugar..5 stars

  3. Hello! Will it make a difference if I use a white cake mix?

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