Iced Orange Cookies are a delicious cookie recipe that is lower in calories, too.
These orange cookies are made with all whole wheat flour (no white in sight)! You don’t see whole wheat flour-based cookies all that often, so these are a change from the norm for sure. They’re a healthier cookie to try. And the sweet orange frosting makes them all worthwhile!
How to make Iced Orange Cookies:
It starts with a typical cookie dough, though the butter used is less than in a usual cookie recipe. There’s probably a little less sugar too. Fresh orange juice makes up for the sweetness. And orange zest is added in too for a great orange flavor. Whole wheat flour gives these cookies a nutty flavor component. Be sure to use a cookie scoop to transfer the dough to the baking sheets so the cookies will be relatively even-sized.
Let the cookies cool before you turn them into iced orange cookies. The icing is a simple mix of powdered sugar, butter, vanilla extract and salt. Freshly squeezed orange juice is added in to thin it out to spreading consistency.
A little bit of frosting is spread on top of each cookie.
I love these orange cookies (whole wheat flour and all). My feeling is that you can taste the difference when eating one of the plain cookies, but with that icing on there you can’t really detect it. It just makes them wonderful.
Iced Orange Cookies also freeze well. I stick them into individual zips and take them out for a quick sweet treat when the mood strikes.
With these treats, I don’t feel so guilty about eating them. If you can manage to get 30 cookies out of the batch, each orange cookie is only 127 calories. Not too bad… especially if you burn 500 calories putting in 50 minutes on the elliptical machine at the gym! “Will exercise for cookies!”
WW Friendly Cookies!
If you happen to be following the Weight Watchers WW plan, these cookies can fit into your diet. You’ll find a link to the WW Points on the recipe card at the end of this post. These might seem like an indulgent treat, but I feel like they’re are worth it! You must also try my Weight Watchers Sugar Cookies or these WW Brownie Cookies.
Iced Orange Cookies
- 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ¾ cup granulated white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest
- ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets or line with parchment paper or silpat mats.
MAKE THE COOKIES:
- In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter, sugar, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat in the egg, then the orange zest and juice, scraping the bowl. The mixture will look curdled; that's OK! Add the flour, beating until smooth. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls (or use a cookie scoop) onto the prepared baking sheets.
- Bake the cookies until they're just barely beginning to brown around the edges, 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool.
MAKE THE ICING:
- In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the sugar, butter, orange zest, vanilla and salt until well combined. Beat in as much orange juice as you need until the mixture is spreadable. Spread the icing on the cookies when they're completely cool, using a generous 1 teaspoon icing for each.