Enjoy a burst of nostalgic delight with these Orange Creamsicle Cookies! Soft, chewy, and filled with the flavors of zesty orange and sweet white chocolate chips, they’re the perfect quick and easy treat that will transport you back to the joy of enjoying an ice cream favorite.
Do you love chewy cookies? If so, you’ll love these! They are basically the cookie form of orange creamsicles! They have the same citrusy flavor as your favorite ice cream and melt in your mouth in the most incredible way. This amazing recipe is super-easy, too! I used shortcut ingredients – like cake mix and gelatin powder – to save you time.
This is an orange creamsicle cookies recipe the whole family will love. It’s a fun recipe to make in the summer, with a lovely orange color and sweet flavors. Plus, it’s so easy that beginning bakers can make it with no problem.
Why You’ll Love Orange Creamsicle Cookies
- Uses shortcut ingredients (like a cake mix)
- Ready in 25 minutes
- Tastes just like orange creamsicle ice cream
- Uses fresh orange zest for a delicious orange flavor
- The perfect cookie to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is found at the bottom of the post.
- White cake mix: This has all your dry ingredients, so you don’t have to measure flour or sugar.
- Orange gelatin powder: This gives the cookies a bright orange flavor.
- Orange zest: This is what gives the cookie the fresh orange flavor.
- Eggs: These hold all the ingredients together.
- Butter: Use salted butter. Add a dash of salt to the recipe if you use unsalted butter.
- White chocolate chips: They add a lovely flavor contrast to the bold orange flavors from the gelatin and zest.
How to Make Orange Creamsicle Cookies
- Step One: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line two half sheet cookie pans with parchment paper.
- Step Two: Whisk together the cake mix, orange gelatin powder, and orange zest in a large mixing bowl until combined.
- Step Three: Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the eggs and softened butter for about 2 minutes or until a soft dough forms. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed so the butter mixture is completely incorporated.
- Step Four: Fold in the white chocolate chips and then use a 1 ½ Tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop out some cookie dough and then roll it into a ball.
- Step Five: Place the cookie dough balls on the parchment-lined baking sheet and repeat with the dough until all the dough is about 1-2 inches between each ball.
- Step Six: Bake for 10-14 minutes or until the outside of the cookie is dry and the edges are set.
- Step Seven: Remove from the oven and cool for 5-10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack or serving warm.
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- Large bowl – You need something large enough to hold all cookie dough ingredients.
- Electric mixer – This is optional, but it makes stirring everything much easier.
- Baking sheet – You need a cookie sheet to bake the cookies
- Spatula – This will be used to mix the dough and to move the baked cookies from the sheet to the cooling rack. You can also use a wooden spoon for mixing.
- Parchment paper – If you use parchment paper, you have less clean-up, and the cookies won’t stick to the baking sheet.
- Cooling rack – This is the best way to let the cookies cool.
What to Serve with Orange Creamsicle Cookies
This easy orange creamsicle cookie recipe is the perfect thing to serve at parties or just when you’re craving something sweet. Here are some of my favorite orange-flavored desserts that taste delicious with them.
- No-Bake Orange Creamsicle Pie
- Orange Creamsicle Salad
- Copycat Orange Julius
- Tropical Fluff Salad
- Boozy Orange Creamsicle Milkshake
Variations and Substitutions
- Dust with powdered sugar.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream.
- Add orange essential oil. Just one drop into the batter will enhance the cookies with amazing flavor! Just make sure you use oils that are safe for consumption.
- Add orange gel food coloring. The orange food coloring will make the orange color much more pronounced.
- Top with melted white chocolate or vanilla buttercream.
Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. These orange cookies will stay fresh for about a week (if you don’t eat them up before then!).
You can also freeze the cookie and use it later. Store frozen dough balls in a freezer-safe container or bag and keep them in the freezer for up to six months.
Orange Creamsicle Cookies Tips and Tricks
- Use parchment paper. This way, you can use ungreased cookie sheets without worrying about the soft cookies sticking.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl of a stand mixer if you use it.
- Use exact measurements; this way, you’ll get the perfect balance of dry and wet ingredients.
- Make sure the butter is softened but not melted. If the butter is melted, the cookies might flatten as they bake.
- Avoid overbaking them. They will be soft as you take them out of the oven. They will finish setting as they cool.
What Are Orange Creamsicle Cookies
These cookies captured the classic vanilla and orange flavors by combining white cake mix, orange gelatin, and white chocolate chips. This orange cookie recipe tastes like your favorite orange creamsicle ice cream you loved as a kid (or still loved).
This is a shortcut recipe. You don’t have to make the orange cream cookies from scratch. That means you don’t have to use vanilla extract or measure out cream cheese. These dreamy cookies use a cake mix and orange jello to give the cookies the perfect balance of orange and vanilla flavors.
Do Orange Creamsicle Cookies Taste Like Actual Creamsicles
Yes, these decadent cookies have the same classic orange creamsicle flavor as the popular ice cream!
Can You Make the Dough Ahead of Time and Bake the Cookies Later?
Yes, you can make orange dreamsicle dough ahead of time and bake the cookies later. Store the dough in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can also freeze the cookie dough. Keep it in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to six months.
When the center of the cookie isn’t soft anymore, they are ready to be taken out of the oven. Keep in mind that they will be slightly soft, but the middle won’t move when you shake the cookie sheet.
No, we didn’t use oranges or fresh orange juice in these cookies. We used orange zest and orange gelatin to capture that citrusy flavor.
This recipe makes 24 small cookies.
Want more easy cookie recipes? Here are some of my favorites:
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- White Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Brown Sugar Cookies
- Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies
- Cool Whip Cookies
- Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies
Orange Creamsicle Cookies
- 1 box white cake mix 15.25oz box
- 1 box orange gelatin powder 3oz box
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup salted butter softened
- 1 bag white chocolate chips 11oz bag
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two half cookie sheet pans with parchment paper.
- Whisk together the cake mix, orange gelatin powder, and orange zest in a large mixing bowl until combined.
- Using a mixer, beat in the eggs and softened butter for about 2 minutes or until a soft dough forms. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
- Fold in the white chocolate chips.
- Using a 1 ½ tbsp cookie scoop, scoop out dough and roll into a ball with your clean hands. Place the cookie dough ball on the prepared cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Make sure the dough balls are places 1 to 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until the outside of the cookie is dry and the edges are set.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack and serving warm.
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