The best orange soft cookies


Are you looking for an easy and delicious way to sweeten up your snack time? Today I’m bringing to you my delicious and aromatic orange soft cookies! But they are not any regular orange cookies! No, no, I’m talking about The Best orange soft cookies that you will ever have! Those cookies bring me back to my childhood as we traditionally bake those with my mother the week before Easter. I have so many memories of me and my sister baking orange cookies and making a mess in the kitchen and it was so nice that this year I was able to create magical memories like this with my kids. Happy Easter everyone and let’s get into baking!

What you will need

  • Oranges. The star of the show! I used cara cara sweet blond oranges but you can use any variety that you like. You will need both the juice and zest.
  • Oil. I used olive oil on this recipe. A good substitute could be avocado oil. Any other cold press or expeller pressed oil could potentially substitute the olive oil in this recipe but choose wisely.
  • Honey. I used honey on this recipe. But if you want to keep this vegan you can always substitute with pure maple syrup.
  • Flour. Just old classic all purpose flour.
  • Baking essentials: baking powder, baking soda, pure vanilla extract.

Tips to perfection

  1. Adding the baking soda to the mixture could be tricky. Make sure that you save some of the orange juice, 1/4 cup should be enough. Then when it is time to add the baking soda do not add it directly to the mixture but to the saved orange juice. This way the baking soda get activated but the acidity of the juice. Just make sure that you hold the cup with the orange juice over the bowl with the batter because usually the baking soda foams when it gets in contact with acidity.
  2. Cooking time varies. Well, it is known that cooking time varies from oven to oven. If you decide to double the recipe or if you end up filling multiple baking sheets, keep in mind that usually the first batch takes more time to bake (18-20 min). But any consecutive batches should be ready faster (15-17 min) so keep an eye on them.
  3. Let them sit for 5 min before you transfer the cookies to the cooling rack. The cookies are soft when you take them out from the oven so make sure that you let them rest before you transfer them to the cooling rack to cool completely.

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How to store

You can either store the best orange soft cookies in an air tight container in your counter for up to 5 days. But to be honest I doubt that they survive that long! They are THAT good! Or you can even double the recipe and freeze them for up to 3 months in freezer bags.

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The best orange soft cookies

Recipe by Panos EatsCourse: Cookies, Dairy free, Fall, Spring, Vegan, Vegetarian


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  • 1 cup orange juice (240gr)

  • 1 cup olive oil (210 gr)

  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup(195 gr)

  • 1½ tsp baking powder

  • ½ tsp baking soda

  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 4 cup all purpose flour (600 gr)

  • Zest of two oranges


  • Preheat your oven at 360F (182.22 degrees Celsius) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • In a mixing bowl whisk the olive oil and honey until the honey dissolves (about 1 min)
  • Add the orange juice (keep 1/4 cup to add later) and mix in with the whisk
  • Add the half of the flour and whisk to incorporate
  • Add the baking powder, vanilla extract, orange zest
  • In the remaining 1/4 cup add the baking soda and stir with a spoon to foam and immediately add in the mixture
  • Stir to incorporate, add the remaining flour and stir until all flour is incorporated. Do not over mix it
  • Form your cookies in any shape that you like and place in the baking sheet. Make sure that you space them as they expand while baking
  • Bake for 18 min or until golden brown
  • Let them sit for 5 min and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely

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