Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (2024)

by Roxana 17 Comments

One secret ingredient makes these orange vanilla cookies simply melt in your mouth! Packed with freshly grated orange zest and vanilla bean paste, these orange vanilla cookies are the perfect addition to your cookie tray!
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YesterdayI scheduled the first Christmas cookie exchangefor this year. I was in denial half of the day. I still am.

It that time of the year already? Who threw the clock out of the window?

Every year classic cookies like snowball cookies, ginger cookiesor thesecandy cane fudge brownie cookiesmake their appearance to cookie exchanges, and every year I try to bring something new.

Last year it was the chocolate snowball cookies.

This year it will be these melt-in-your-mouth orange vanilla cookies.

I love citrus flavor treats, especially orange, around Christmas time and these cookies are bursting with orange flavor from the freshly grated orange zest. You could also add a few drops of orange extract, maybe 1/8 teaspoon.

For the vanilla flavor I used vanilla bean paste. Way more flavorful than the vanilla extract and LOVE seeing the black dots when I bite into a cookie!

In addition to the orange zest and vanilla bean, I used your typical cookie ingredients – butter, sugar and all purpose flour plus one secret ingredient! Cornstarch!

I know it’s not your typical cookie ingredient but it has magical powers. Cornstarch helps thicken the dough while chilling it and keeps the cookies soft while baking. No wonder they simply melt in your mouth even the next day!

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With an audience in search for real food and no fuss recipes, I make midweek meals exciting sharing approachable recipes, both sweet and savory, that taste completely sinful.

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  1. Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (7)Christine @ WRY TOAST says

    breakfast craves for real!!! dying for a handful of these right now :)

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  2. Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (8)Nancy says

    Can't find vanilla bean paste What can I substitute

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    • Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (9)Roxana says

      Hi Nancy, you can use vanilla extract instead. Roxana

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  3. Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (10)Miranda says

    I can't believe it is already cookie exchange season! These sound so tasty!

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  4. Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (13)katerina @ diethood.com says

    These cookies look and sound amaazing!! I can't wait to try them!

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  5. Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (14)Dee says

    I love orange in baked goods, so I know I need to try these!

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  6. Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (15)Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says

    These cookies are screaming Christmas to me! I can't wait to make a batch for our holiday table!

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  7. Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (16)Michelle | A Latte Food says

    These look incredible!! I cannot get enough cookies this time of year!

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  8. Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (17)Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says

    I adore citrus as a great antidote to all the chocolate and gooey pecan stuff around the holidays. It's bright and refreshing!

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  9. Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (18)Diana says

    I am allergic to oranges but i love the flavor, I am going to try and see if just this small amount will bother me.

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    • Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (19)Roxana says

      Hi Diana, Hope all went well. Are you allergic to oranges or to al citrus? You could try lemon .... Roxana

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      • Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (20)Judy says

        Oh My! Lemon sounds great!

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  10. Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (21)Joanne says

    I have been looking for a good orange cookie and will definitely be baking these for the Holidays.

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  11. Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (22)Susan says

    I am trying to to find the recipie for the melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies. I have tried to clink on links provided on your page but nothing take me to the recipie

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    • Melt in your mouth orange vanilla cookies recipe (23)Roxana says

      Hi Susan, So sorry to hear you're having issues with the links. Here it is, hopefully this time it works http://www.imperialsugar.com/recipes/desserts/cookies-bars/Orange-Vanilla-CookiesRoxana

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