Blood Orange Drop Cookies

Brightening up your day with these Blood Orange Drop Cookies! These spunky little drops of heaven are citrusy and bright, made with fresh and colorful blood oranges that give the glaze a beautiful pinkish hue, that’s natural. These cookies will leave you dreaming of spring!

These cookies are so simple. All you do is cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla, orange zest + juice, then add in the flour. Roll them into balls, bake, cool, dunk in the glaze, and ENJOY! Can it get any easier?

But First... What are Blood Oranges?!

A Blood Orange looks like a normal orange except that it is colored red on the inside and has streaks of red on the peel. They also are a bit smaller and have a floral note to their taste …kinda like a raspberry! They are great as a snack, or of course in baked goods (especially these cookies). 😊

Some ways we come up with recipe ideas are by looking at old cookbooks, ideas online, things that we just come up with, and ingredients that are in season! In this case, we used what was in season. Our mom picked up a couple bags of blood oranges at the grocery store and said we should make something with them. Now here we are! And we think these cookies turned out too cute!

The Glaze:

We are a bit OBSESSED with this glaze! The color is so beautiful. All-natural! And it gives the cookies a Spring type of vibe.

These are a really fun way to get ready for Spring, and we hope you love these cookies as much as we do! (I mean, what’s not to love?!)

Step-By-Step Video:

The Steps:

The first step to making these cookies is creaming together the butter and powdered sugar, with vanilla, and orange zest, until creamy and smooth. Also, this recipe uses powdered sugar because it makes the cookies lighter and gives them that melt-in-your mouth texture.

To the butter mixture, add in the flour and salt. It’s only a 1/4 tsp. of salt, but it enhances the flavor. Once you beat it, the mixture is pretty crumbly. But if you press it together with your hands, it should form a dough.

Next, scoop the dough with a 1 inch ice cream scoop, and roll each scoop into a smooth ball. You should have 16 cookies. Bake the cookies at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Let them cool completely before glazing.

This recipe was adapted from one of our favorite recipes, Snowball Cookies! We omitted the almond extract, and replaced that with orange zest. Then instead of using a mix of both almond and all-purpose flour, we used just all-purpose flour. And of course, instead of coating the cookies in powdered sugar, we made the tasty blood orange glaze.

If you try this recipe, definitely let us know! Tag us on instagram, or leave a comment on any of our social medias or on the blog! Until next time, -Aubrey and Tara

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Blood Orange Drop Cookies


Description

Brightening up your day with these Blood Orange Drop Cookies! These spunky little drops of heaven are citrusy and bright, made with fresh and colorful blood oranges that give the glaze a beautiful pinkish hue, that’s totally natural. These cookies will leave you dreaming of spring!


Ingredients

For the cookies:

-1/2 cup softened butter

-1/2 cup powdered sugar

-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

-zest from 1 orange (or 3 Tbsp.)

-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

-1/4 tsp. salt

For the Blood Orange Glaze:

-1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

-4 Tbsp. blood orange juice


Instructions

To Make the Cookies:

1. In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, and 3 Tbsp. orange zest. Cream that for about 3 minutes.

2. Add in 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour with 1/4 tsp. salt and beat that till combined. At first it will be crumbly, but keep beating and it will come together.

3. With a 1-inch cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto a lined baking sheet with parchment paper. You should have about 16 cookies.

4. Next roll each cookie into a smooth ball.

5. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly golden.

6. Once done baking, transfer to a cooling rack and let them cool completely.

To Make The Glaze:

1. In a bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups of glaze along with 4 Tbsp. juice from a blood orange. You may need to add more powdered sugar or juice to get the right consistency.

2. Dunk the cooled cookies in the glaze, and transfer them to a cooling rack to let the glaze set.

3. Enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins.
  • Cook Time: 10 mins.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 125

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