Baking Bits

Orange and Cream Sugar Cookie

I was craving those cookies that you get in the bakery section of the grocery store the other week. Yes, I love those cookies that are soft, “cake” like with buttercream frosting on top and sprinkles. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, because I rarely buy baked goods. But I make an exception with these guys. I did however decide that I must start making my own..they would be “healthier” right? No preservatives or hydrogenated oils! Ok, whatever you justify it with.. you will love these cookies AND they won’t last long in most normal households!

You can make them in different flavors, but in the spirit of Spring, I chose orange. You can do vanilla, lemon or chocolate!


Orange and Cream cookies


6 cups sifted, a.p. flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 cup butter, soft (butter only)

2 cups granulated sugar

3 eggs, room temp

2 tsp vanilla, or other flavoring of choice

Zest of 1 large orange

1 ½ cups sour cream


2 sticks soft butter

6 cups powdered sugar

¼ cup of milk

2 tsp orange Jello (or other flavoring)

½ tsp orange extract

  1. Cream, sugar, butter, zest and flavorings, add the eggs until combined
  2. Add sour cream and combine
  3. Add all the dry ingredients slowly until all combined, do not over mix ( it will be sticky)
  4. Cover and chill 2-4 hours
  5. While dough is chilling make the frosting. Cream butter and sugar together, adding the milk little at a time to get the constancy you desire. Add more if you want it soft. Use a hand held mixer or kitchen aid to get it fluffy.
  6. Mix in Jello and extracts. I sometimes add a drop of orange color to make it a brighter orange color. Cover and rest until cookies are done
  7. On a lightly floured surface, roll cookie dough til ¼ thick and cut cookies in to rounds.
  8. Bake 400 for 12-14 minutes. DO NOT OVER BAKE
  9. Cool and frost



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