Orange Scented Cookies

You know what goes great with champagne?  Cookies!
Orange Scented Cookies ~ Pearls + Girls
What are you looking forward to in 2015?  We are hoping to FINALLY make the move to a family friendly neighborhood.   There’s nothing like putting your house on the market to make you feel like you live like a slob!  I can’t remember the last time I cleaned the baseboards, dusted the blinds or scrubbed the grout lines in my bathroom.  Ewww, maybe I shouldn’t be talking about bathroom grout before giving you a recipe.  My bad. 😉
Anyway, the point is, all this cleaning is making me crave a cocktail! Oh, and a cookie!  Since champagne is the beverage of choice for ringing in the New Year, why not pair it with a citrus cookie?  Yum, makes me think of mimosas!  A crispy sugar cookie studded with freshly grated orange zest, a glass of bubbly and watching the ball drop with Ryan Seacrest on tv?!?!  My New Year’s is complete!  Happy 2015!!! 🙂
Orange Scented Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup ( 1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBSP orange zest, divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the egg and 1 TBSP orange zest and mix until combined.
  5. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  6. Chill dough in the refrigerator for one hour.
  7. In a small bowl, add 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon orange zest. Press the mixture with the back of a spoon until well mixed.
  8. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in orange scented sugar.
  9. Place dough balls on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet (I did six cookies per sheet).
  10. Press with the palm of your hand to flatten slightly.
  11. Bake 10 - 12 minutes or until lightly golden.
  12. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.