Orange Glazed Rounds

orange glazed cookies

I decided I needed to give you a little break from my peppermint craze.

But if you missed my peppermint ice cream or peppermint cookie bark.  You definitely need to check them out.

Today I am returning to one of my long time loves – orange.  I am a huge fan of citrus flavors – orange, lemon, lime.  Love, love!

When I am deciding on what Christmas cookies to make each year I always like to make sure I have a balance of flavors, not too much chocolate, not too much peppermint.  I always like to make sure there is at least one citrus flavored cookie involved.  This year it will be Orange Glazed Rounds.

orange glazed cookies

I made this cookie with oranges but it would be just as delicious with lemons or limes.  Choose your favorite citrus!

You will use the rind of the orange in the cookie and in the glaze.  I love my microplanner for this job.

Add 1 Tbsp of the rind in with your butter and sugar and mix until nice and fluffy.

After adding in the flour, baking soda, eggs and extract form the dough into balls and bake.

While they are baking mix up your orange glaze which is a mixture of powdered sugar, fresh orange juice and more of that lovely orange rind.

After the cookies cool give them a nice covering of glaze.

This cookie is slightly crisp on the edges and nice and soft in the middle – just what a cookie should be.

This cookie would be perfect with a cup of tea and on any holiday cookie plate.


Leigh Anne

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Orange Glazed Rounds
  • 2 C flour
  • ¼ tsp soda
  • 1½ sticks of butter, salted
  • 1¼ C sugar
  • 2 Tbsp grated orange zest, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1½ C powdered sugar
  • 2 -3 Tbsp orange juice
  1. Beat butter in a bowl with sugar and 1 Tbsp zest until nice and fluffy.
  2. Add in eggs
  3. Add in extract.
  4. Add in the flour and baking soda.
  5. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  6. Preheat oven to 350 and bake cookies for 15-17 minutes
  7. Cool on rack
  8. Mix together powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp zest and enough juice to make glaze the right consistency to spread.
  9. Spread on cookies
  10. Allow cookies to set up.


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Kay Coger says

    These sound delicious! I can’t wait to try them. We have a “cookie exchange” party at work each year and I usually make Wedding Balls (also known as pecan balls). My recipe is like this one with the exception of the orange. I am sure I will love this one! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  2. nancy says

    Happy Holidays! I was wondering what size “scoop” you used for the cookies and, can they be made ahead and frozen, with or without the glaze? Thanks. They look delicious.

  3. camille c says

    I am absolutely making these after work tonight! Except, if my butter is unsalted, how much salt should I add? Or should I just stop and get salted butter? Can I use cutie zest instead of orange zest? Just curious because I have lots of cuties and lots of unsalted butter. If I can’t substitute then that’s ok, just thought I would ask before stopping to get the other ingredients!

    • says

      Use 1/4 tsp of salt if the butter is unsalted. I think cutie zest would work fine but you need some orange juice too and not sure how easy those are to juice?

  4. says

    Hi Leigh Anne – just wanted to say thanks for linking up last week to my About Me Pity Party! You know I’m a big fan of yours. Loved reading a bit more about you. 😉 And these cookies look delicious. Similar to the ones I make that my mom used to make for me growing up. They are some of my favorites. xo

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