½ cup (1 stick or 113g) salted butter, softened

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon fresh orange zest

1½ cups (300g) granulated sugar

1 large egg, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon orange extract, (you can start with 1/2 tsp. and taste test the dough)

1 drop red food coloring (add more depending on dark you want the orange to be)

2 drops yellow food coloring (add more depending on dark you want the orange to be)

2¼ cups (282g) all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup (126g) confectioners’ sugar, divided


Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat butter, cream cheese, orange zest, and granulated sugar until blended.

Add in egg, vanilla, orange extract, and the red and yellow food coloring.

Add in flour, baking powder, and ½ cup confectioners’ sugar. With the mixer on low, gradually beat into a creamed mixture.

Using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop, create balls and roll them in the remaining confectioners’ sugar.

Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using your hands or the bottom of a drinking glass flatten balls into rounds. Place approximately 6 dough balls on each sheet.

Bake until they no longer appear wet on top, 8-11 minutes. After about 5 minutes cooling on the pan (they will be soft), place on cooling racks to cool completely.