The BEST sugar cookies - cut out orange sugar cookies are flavored with orange zest and brandy for the perfect Christmas time recipe.
A really good sugar cookie recipe is a MUST for holidays, so today I am sharing with you no-fail perfect Cut Out Orange Sugar Cookies. They are crisp on the edges with a tender slightly chewy center. These cookies are buttery and not overly sweet and flavored with vanilla, orange zest, and a secret ingredient ... brandy. Putting booze in cookies is perfect fine during the holidays , right? Right. (don't worry, the alcohol burns off during the baking process, so these cookies are kid safe!)
For me, sugar cookies are great any time of the year. They are so versatile and can be cut into whatever shape you wish. Swap out the orange zest with lemon in the summer, or use almond extract in place of brandy during the spring. Prefer your sugar cookies plain? Just use vanilla. Any way you make these cookies, they will become your new go-to sugar cookie recipe.
They can be decorated with a simple glaze, or a royal icing. I won't disapprove if you dunk them in some melted dark chocolate either!
Cut Out Orange Sugar Cookies
Here's what you'll need:
- egg + egg yolk
- orange zest
The cookie dough can be made in a stand mixer or using an electric mixer. Make sure to cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Once the dough is formed, chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. This will make rolling out a lot easier.
These cookies are great to make ahead. I like to prepare a batch a couple of weeks before Christmas so that I can give them away as gifts. Keep the cookies in air tight containers, so that they remain fresh.
How to Freeze Sugar Cookies
When it comes to freezing sugar cookies, you have a couple different options.
- Freeze Baked Cookies: To freeze baked cookies, make sure you cool the cookies completely. Once cooled, store the cookies in an airtight freezer safe container, or use a vacuum seal food saving system for up to 3 months. When you are ready to serve, remove the cookies from the freezer and allow to reach room temperature. Decorate them as you'd like and enjoy!
- Freeze Cookie Dough: To freeze the cookie dough, shape into a flat disc and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Place the wrapped dough into a freezer safe zip-top bag and freeze for up to 3 months. When you want to bake the cookies, thaw the cookie dough in the refrigerator, then roll the dough, bake, and decorate as instructed in the recipe below.
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Cut Out Orange Sugar Cookies
- ¾ cup butter room temperature
- 1 ¼ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 tbsp brandy
- 2 ½ cups flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ cups confectioner's sugar
- 2 ½ - 3 tbsp water
- sanding sugar for sprinkling
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add egg and egg yolk, and beat to combine. Mix in vanilla, zest, and brandy.
- Add flour and salt and mix on low speed until dough forms. Transfer dough to a piece of plastic wrap. Shape into a disc, cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- On a floured surface, roll out chilled cookie dough to ¼-inch thickness. Shape using desired cookie cutter. Transfer to prepared baking sheets and bake 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and repeat with any remaining dough.
- Place cookies on a cooling rack and cool completely before decorating.
- To make the glaze, whisk together confectioner's sugar, and water until smooth. Dip cookies into glaze and sprinkle with sanding sugar.