A stack of orange creamsicle cookies.

Rediscover the classic creamsicle flavor in a chewy cookie form. Perfect for sunny afternoons and nostalgic moments!

Remember those orange popsicles with the creamy center we all relished during summer breaks? The essence of that delectable treat has been captured into a cookie. Combining the rich, velvety texture of cream cheese with the tangy burst of oranges, these cookies perfectly mirror the flavors of our beloved creamsicles. They’re easy to make and even easier to love, creating an irresistible temptation whether you’re serving them at a get-together or simply indulging in a personal treat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other citrus fruits?

Absolutely! Lemon or grapefruit zest can offer a different yet delicious twist.

Is there a vegan option for this recipe?

You can always replace the cream cheese and butter with plant-based alternatives, though this may affect final taste and texture.

How can I make my cookies a more vibrant orange color?

While it isn’t a necessary ingredient, you can always incorporate orange food coloring.

What if I don’t have a stand mixer?

Use a hand mixer or a wooden spoon and some elbow grease! The key is to ensure all ingredients are well incorporated and the dough is smooth.

Sugars and Butter

Sugars are more than just sweeteners. The type of sugar can influence texture and moisture. Brown sugar contains molasses, which contributes to a softer, chewier cookie. On the other hand, regular white sugar tends to make cookies crisper. When it comes to butter, using salted butter provides a hint of saltiness, balancing the sweetness. If you prefer unsalted butter, you might want to adjust the salt content in your recipe.

Tips From the Chef

  • Ensure all ingredients, especially the cream cheese and butter, are at room temperature to achieve a smoother dough consistency.
  • Avoid over-mixing the dough, as it can result in harder cookies.
  • For even baking, make sure all dough balls are of the same size.
  • If your cookies are spreading too much, consider chilling the dough for about 30 minutes before baking or reducing the amount of butter slightly.

*If you want a more intense orange flavor, add orange extract!

Close up, overhead view of orange creamsicle cookies.

Storage, Freezing & Reheating Instructions

Store your cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, consider refrigerating them for up to a week.

To freeze, store your cookies in freezer-safe bags or containers for up to 2 months. Thaw at room temperature when you’re ready to eat. To reheat, warm in an oven preheated to 300°F for about 5 minutes or until they regain their original texture.