Orange Marmalade Cookies with Fresh Orange Icing

Orange Marmalade Cookies with a delicious orange zest icing. These easy orange cookies are soft and packed with fresh fruit flavor from the juice and zest. Little specks of orange zest can be seen throughout the whole cookie and icing making them irresistible! My husband and I love oranges and we always seem to have a carload of them this time of year. I am constantly trying to find recipes that I can use fresh fruit in. When I stumbled across this recipe I knew that it would be a hit! Bring these to your next cookout or potluck for a treat that everyone will love!

Have I mentioned that I only have 7 days of school left this year? I always get so excited and anxious for the end of the school year. This year is going to be much different from the past five summers that I have spent in Indiana. There is a lot on our plate for this summer; from moving to Illinois, finding a house, finding a new job, my husband starting a new job, two weddings and a trip to South Florida andGrand Cayman. Did I mention that is all happening in the month of June? Crazy! If you could only see the amount of boxes sitting in my living room! Oh my! 😉

Orange Marmalade Cookies with Fresh Orange Icing

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For the Cookie Dough:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup orange marmalade

For the Orange Icing:

  • finely grated zest from 1 orange
  • finely grated zest from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar


  1. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and sea salt; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add egg and orange marmalade; beat at medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 to 2 hours.
  3. While dough chills, make orange icing in a medium bowl by combining citrus zests, juices, melted butter and sea salt. Whisk in confectioners’ sugar until well combined and smooth. Cover and set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  5. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a 1½-inch ball and then place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 3 inches apart. Bake for about 20 min. or until cookies are light brown.  Cool the cookies on the baking sheets about 2 minutes; using a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool to room temperature.
  6. After cookies are completely cool, ice them with a small spatula or butter knife.

Yields: about 36 cookies

Source: White on Rice Couple, orginally adapted  from Neiman Marcus Taste

23 Responses to “Orange Marmalade Cookies with Fresh Orange Icing”

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    Elisabeth — May 19, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    We have orange trees so I’m always looking for a way to use my homemade Orange Marmalade! Can’t wait to try these!!!!

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    Judy — May 19, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    Mmm, makes me want to grab another cup of coffee and dig in! Looks wonderful!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 19, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    Such pretty colored cookies!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — May 19, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    You have no idea how happy this recipe makes me. I know a guy, ahem, who may have messed up his most recent batch of marmalade and is using it in every marinade and baked good he can. I’ll, cough, pass this onto him.:)

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    Lucie — May 19, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    Wow, that’s a lot of change! But change is good :) Just like these cookies!

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos — May 19, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    ooo i love the fluffiness of these cookies! looks just like mini cake cookies!!!

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    Erin — May 19, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Mmm I love orange cookies!

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    Caroline — May 19, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    Mmmm these cookies look delicious. I love citrus infused baked goods, from cookies to bars to tarts. Sounds like you’ve got quite the busy summer ahead of you! Good luck with everything. :)

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    Michelle — May 19, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    You sure have your hands full! Good luck with the move and all and have fun on your trip. I’m totally jealous :-)

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    sensiblecooking — May 19, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    Christina I just took big bite out of that cookie and it was amazing :)

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    Rach @ This Italian Family — May 19, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    Aww, have fun living in Illinois! My husband is from there and we enjoy visiting. :) It’s a fun state. Good luck with all you have going on and a huge hooray for almost being done with school! :)

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    The Café Sucré Farine — May 19, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    Yum, I am salivating looking and thinking of these delicious cookies!

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    Maris(In Good Taste) — May 19, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    You sure do have busy days ahead but please keep posting these amazing cookie recipes! These look delicious!

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    Reba — May 19, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    I JUST discovered your site and am absolutely in love with it! I’m going to be making your red velvet whoopies for work tomorrow.

    Keep it up!

    • Christina replied: — May 27th, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

      Yea! I hope everyone enjoyed them! :)

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    Monica — May 19, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

    These cookies remind me of Panera’s orange scones–one of my favorite splurges. I will definitely be trying this recipe. Right up my ally. Yum!

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    shabs — May 20, 2011 @ 5:07 am

    Oooh , your pics are so amazing that I can actually smell the oranges , it looks really good , will have to try and make them :)

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    Sara — May 21, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    Cookies cure all! Enjoy your (crazy) summer.

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    Colline — June 5, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    I am going to try this frosting! It is different from the norm.

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    foodistherapy — June 7, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    Looks awesome! Trying these this weekend for some house guests! Thanks for sharing!!

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