Orange Spiced Sugar Cookies

Orange Sugar Cookies recipe by @beardandbonnet on

My whole life I have been a sugar cookie fanatic – they were always the cookie I chose when my mom let me pick something from the bakery at the grocery store as a kid.

Orange Sugar Cookies recipe by @beardandbonnet on

They are simple, but sometimes the best things in life are just that – simple. Not a lot of fuss, definitely not pretentious. They don’t scream “Hey, hey look at me!” they don’t have to, because they are a classic.

Orange Sugar Cookies recipe by @beardandbonnet on

These cookies spread so beautifully in the oven creating big, crispy cookies that our entire family loved.


Orange Sugar Cookies

  • Author: This Mess Is Ours
  • Yield: 4 dozen


Sugar cookies are great on their own, but make really incredible ice cream sandwiches too!


  • 3 cups gluten free all purpose flour, I used King Arthur Flour Multi-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • sparkling sugar, for sprinkling


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and combine with a whisk.
  3. Put the sugars and the zest in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium for about 30-45 seconds until thoroughly combined. Add the butter then mix until pale and fluffy; about 1 minute. Add the eggs one at a time, and then the orange juice. Reduce the speed to low then gradually add the flour mixture.
  4. Use a small cookie scoop to drop the dough onto parchment lined baking sheets, about 1-1/2 tablespoons of dough per cookie, leaving about 3-inches between each cookie. (They spread a lot!) Flatten cookies slightly then sprinkle each one with sparkling sugar.
  5. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes, until golden, rotating the pans half way through. Transfer the cookies to wire racks using a spatula and let cool completely.





  1. Karen Pokrant

    Very good .I made these for a potluck where a few people had a gluten sensitivity.Real good.I didn’t bake them all that day,put the dough in refrigerator.Today I thought i’d Play with them a bit.I added a 1/2 cup ground almonds and kneaded it in.Rolled in balls and pressed with a pretty bottomed glass that was dipped in berry sugar.They stayed domed and the pattern was still,visible .A little cake like .Now I have two different gluten free cookies for my holiday table.
    Your original recipe is lovely,but I like to play with recipes.

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.