These soft orange sugar cookies are simple to make, melt in your mouth, and perfect for the holidays! We will be adding these to our Christmas cookie gift boxes this year! This vegan orange sugar cookie recipe calls for orange extract, orange zest, and vanilla extract for the most delicious orange vanilla sugar cookies you’ll ever try!
There is no secret at my house, I love baking cookies! They are probably my favorite thing to bake! That’s why you’ll find chewy ginger oatmeal cookies, pumpkin kitchen sink cookies, and even chocolate black tahini cookies on the blog! I just can’t stop making cookies and this orange sugar cookie recipe is my new favorite, especially paired with an elderflower gin cocktail.
Ingredients for orange sugar cookies
What makes these soft orange cookies even better is the addition of both orange zest and orange extract. Each bite is bursting with orange flavor! So, sink your teeth in! They are easy to make, super soft, and if you dust them with powdered sugar they make for a wonderful holiday treat. Here’s what you’ll need to bake a batch for yourself:
- All-purpose flour
- Vegan butter
- Ener-g egg Replacer or Bob’s Red Mill egg replacer
- Fresh squeezed orange juice
- Baking soda
- Organic cane sugar
- Powdered sugar
- Orange extract
- Orange zest
- Vanilla extract
- Almond extract
How to make orange vanilla sugar cookies
These vegan orange sugar cookies are super easy to make! First, make the vegan egg replacer by combining it with water and set aside. Next, zest the orange and place the zest in a small bowl. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Then juice the orange and pour it into the egg replacer bowl. Add sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, and orange extract to the egg bowl as well. After that is mixed, combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and add the orange zest! Then set the dough in the fridge for 30 min.
When the dough is almost done chilling preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then remove the dough from the fridge and using a medium cookie scoop scoop out the cookie dough. Roll the dough in your hands to form a perfect circle and then roll each dough ball in powdered sugar. Place the cookie dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and allow to cool before dusting with powdered sugar.
Why is orange zest so important?
Orange zest is what makes these soft sugar cookies irresistible! The rine of an orange contains oil and the oil is like a concentrated version of the orange flavor. So, by adding orange zest to these orange cookies, you take the flavor to a whole new level!