Orange Creamsicle Cookies are soft and pillowy cookies with vibrant orange color and sweet and citrusy flavor, made with white cake mix, orange powdered Jell-O, orange zest, and white chocolate chips.
This easy orange cookie recipe is inspired by the classic orange creamsicle, promising tangy orange flavor in soft cookie form. If you love orange-inspired treats, be sure to try this Orange Fluff Salad, Instant Pot Blood Orange Cheesecake, and Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ORANGE CREAMSICLE COOKIES
These orange cookies with white chocolate chips are inspired by the classic orange creamsicle popsicle that dates back to the early 1900s!
The orange flavor and color in these cookies come from adding orange powdered Jell-O and orange zest. For extra decadence, I’ve also included white chocolate chips in the cookie batter, which adds pockets of creamy sweetness!
This easy orange cookie recipe also calls for a white cake mix, which makes these cookies deliciously soft with a pillowy cake-like texture.
HOW SHOULD I STORE THESE ORANGE COOKIES?
Once completely cooled, these orange cake mix cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 5-7 days or in the fridge for slightly longer.
These easy cake mix cookies can also be stored in the freezer for 3 months. Thaw the cookies at room temperature before serving.
CAN I REHEAT THESE CAKE MIX COOKIES?
If you enjoy freshly baked cookies that are deliciously warm, you can add leftover orange creamsicle cookies to the oven at 350F for 5-10 minutes.
Place the cookies on a wire rack over a rimmed baking tray that contains water. This will help prevent the cookies from drying out while reheating. You could also lightly spray the cookies with water and cover them with foil while they reheat.
DO I NEED TO CHILL THE COOKIE DOUGH?
I haven’t chilled the cake mix cookie dough for these orange creamsicle cookies, and they still turn out pillowy and raised. You can chill the cookie dough if you prefer or live in hot and humid conditions.
Chilling the cookie dough is also an option if you want to reduce recipe preparation time by making it the night before and storing it in the fridge.
WHAT VARIATIONS CAN I MAKE TO THESE ORANGE CREAMSICLE COOKIES?
- Yellow cake mix can be used instead of white cake mix. This will still create an orange color in the cookie dough, although slightly lighter.
- Use a gluten-free cake mix for gluten-free orange cookies.
- Add a drop or two of orange zest for extra orange flavor.
- Make a different fruity cookie recipe using a different Jell-O fruit flavor and leave out the orange zest. For example, you can use Lime Jell-O and lime zest or Lemon Jell-O with lemon zest.
- Lemon zest can be used instead of orange zest in these citrusy cookies.
- Drizzle melted white chocolate over these orange cookies or an orange-flavored sugar glaze.
TIPS FOR MAKING ORANGE CREAMSICLE COOKIES
- Use a cookie scoop to create uniform cookie dough balls. This will help the cookies bake evenly.
- Feel free to add more white chocolate chips to the tops of the cookie balls once they’ve been rolled into balls.
- Double this recipe and store the second batch in the freezer for later enjoyment.
- Serve these orange creamsicle cookies as is or with vanilla ice cream as dessert.
- If you decide to make an extra batch of these orange cookies, use two baking trays or allow the one baking tray to cool first before adding the cookie balls to it to prevent the cookies from spreading while baking due to the extra heat from the tray.
More Fruity Cookies To Try
- Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies
- Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies
- Christmas Linzer Cookies
- Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies