orange sugar cookies

orange sugar cookies | movita beaucoup

On Sunday, we had our first snow flurries here. Not many – just enough to make me feel like running around the yard with my tongue hanging out. But since I only run when being chased, I sat on the couch with my coffee surveying the neighbourhood and watching for possible crime. It was positively festive, and I thought about how lovely it would be to hang the Christmas wreath on our front door, which in turn, made me remember a conversation 2.0 and I had during our first Christmas together in the house…

orange sugar cookies | movita beaucoup

2.0: Our neighbours have been asking if we’re Jewish.

movita: What?


movita: Yah, I heard you, I’m just… surprised. I mean, who asks that? Wait. Which neighbours? Those ones? (pointing out the window)

2.0: (nodding) Yup. Those ones.

movita: They just came over and asked?

2.0: Yup. When you were at work.

movita: What the heck?! It’s not politically correct to ask about someone’s religion, is it? Are we doing that now? I mean, we didn’t ask about their sexuality. We just figured it out – WE DIDN’T ASK. And even though we aren’t Jewish, we could be Jewish, and it’s weird to just walk across the street to ask if we’re Jewish. Didn’t they see the wreath on the front door? Couldn’t they just figure it out? Wait! It doesn’t even matter! Wreath or no wreath, it’s a weird question to ask. Unless… Oh. My. God. Did it seem like they have a problem with us being Jewish? TELL ME EXACTLY WHAT THEY SAID.

2.0: They asked if we were going to put up Christmas lights this year.



movita: Please stop talking.

orange sugar cookies | movita beaucoup

That’s the thing with 2.0 – you can never jump to conclusions. Like, ever. It’s taken a few years to adjust. So, because I don’t know what holidays you might or might not be celebrating in the near future, I give you some non-denominational cookies. A soft, chewy cookie, lightly flavoured with citrus. Over-baking these babies will make them overly crisp, and I’d like to suggest that you don’t want this, for the beauty of this cookie lies in its tender centre and the sugary topping. That’s my second suggestion: be generous with the sugary topping at the end. It will lend a melt-in-your-mouthedness to the situation. But I’m sure you would have figured that out…

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Orange Sugar Cookies

recipe: adapted from Emily Lewis – print and bake

Yields about 2.5 dozen.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup butter (I use salted butter)
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted icing (confectioner’s) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar for topping cookies (more or less to taste)

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar, and set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy – about 3-5 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl. Add the vanilla, orange rind and the egg, and mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl. Add the flour mixture, and mix until well blended.

Use a small ice cream scoop (mine holds about 1.5 tablespoons) to drop the batter into mounds on the baking sheets. Leave lots of room for spreading – about 1.5 inches on each side of the cookie. Flatten the mounds just slightly with your fingers.

Bake for about 8-10 minutes – until the edges are golden brown. Sprinkle top of cookies generously with icing sugar immediately after removing from oven, while still on baking sheets. Then remove the cookies from the baking sheets and allow them to cool completely on wire racks.


  1. aoifenica on November 27, 2012 at 6:06 am

    These are getting added to my Christmas To-Bake list! 😛

    • movita beaucoup on December 3, 2012 at 7:52 am

      Yay! They will make your house smell way awesome…

  2. frugalfeeding on November 27, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I celebrate Frugalismass… or something like that… Maybe I should create my own religion like in Family Guy… hmm. Anyway, gorgeous non-denominational cookies… though they’re definitely not Catholic because they’re not coated in the gold of the poor or anything (that isn’t my view)…

    • lorrielorrieb on December 3, 2012 at 12:29 am

      Or like George on Seinfeld with is “Festivis” Holiday!!

  3. oldvogue on November 27, 2012 at 7:23 am

    On non non non. These look good. And not religiously related in the slightest.

  4. Dana Staves on November 27, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Yay! New movita post! These cookies look dreamy. Like, I want to eat them, then curl up in a ball, then dream about them.

    • movita beaucoup on December 3, 2012 at 7:52 am

      This sounds like a perfect idea. In fact, I will plan to curl up in a ball every time I eat something awesome from now on.

  5. bocafrau on November 27, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I love citrus/orange cookies and have a similar recipe. I have never used cream of tartar for cooking or baking! I don’t even really know what it is. Mmmmhhhh, something to look into perhaps??? 🙂

    • movita beaucoup on December 3, 2012 at 7:57 am

      Cream of tartar stabilizes ingredients such as egg whites, helps to activate ingredients such as baking soda, and helps dry certain products out. You often see it in royal icing!

      • emma on December 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

        Who goes to baking school?!?

  6. whilehewasout on November 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

    These look really cute and easy!

  7. annewoodman on November 27, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Thanks, Movita. My mom makes some cookies similar to these and flavors some with orange, some with lemon. Oh, yum. Only three weeks until our holiday break! Yippee! Cookies!

  8. Amy @ Elephant Eats on November 27, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Haha, oh 2.0. It’s amazing what assuming can do! 🙂 You know, I’m Jewish but my mom still let us put up stockings…I’m not sure why. But there was no christmas tree or lights, unfortunately. But luckily I married a non-jew so now I get to have a tree!!!! You know that every Jewish kid wishes they celebrated christmas..

    We also always made christmas cookies…although I suppose they were really holiday cookies. These look like the perfect one to add into my list 🙂

  9. cuisinederunique on November 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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    • movita beaucoup on December 3, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Well, this is very, very flattering! Thanks so much for the nomination!

  10. emmalina73 on November 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I celebrate all religions because that way I get to eat all the snacks all the time. It basically means I’m celebrating something on a bi-daily basis. Always thinking my friend.

  11. Juls on November 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I love your interchanges with 2.0. They’re always freaking hilarious. The one where he wanted to get the cats smaller pets to chase and eat was just a piece of legend.

  12. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen on November 27, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    So, I take it you’re not Jewish, lol! But my real question is.. are you putting up Christmas lights:D I love, love your cookies.. they’re pretty color and their sugary coat.. like a skiff of snow!! xx

  13. wendy@chezchloe on November 28, 2012 at 12:21 am

    All that comes to mind is the unbearable lightness of being. Not that it’s my favorite movie, (and not because it poorly portrays the novel). both film and novel are above my pay grade. But these cookies look light as a feather. I’d have them with Lady Grey in the afternoons.

    • movita beaucoup on December 3, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Lady Grey would be perfect! Perhaps I should start eating this cookies on fine china…

  14. Melissa@EyesBigger on November 28, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Nothing beats Festivus in my book. Back when I worked in a “real” job, my department mates and I decided that’s what we would do. We decorated our area with a Festivus pole and did feats of strength. Everybody else in the office thought we were weird… but that’s what happens when you work in IT. You kind of are weird (which is also probably not politicially correct to say but… people figured it out on their own)
    Anyway… I digress. All I really wanted to say was, I want these cookies. That’s all 🙂

    • movita beaucoup on December 3, 2012 at 8:04 am

      “We decorated our area with a Festivus pole and did feats of strength.”

      Best sentence I’ve read all week.

  15. marjessa on November 28, 2012 at 7:41 am

    hi guys! i’m into baking as well if you won’t mind visiting me at please do drop your comments for suggestions or questions. Thank you ! 🙂

  16. marjessa on November 28, 2012 at 7:43 am

  17. bakerbynature on November 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    You consistently crack me up, lady! And I love orange in cookies – trying this! xx

  18. thelittleloaf on November 30, 2012 at 9:44 am

    These cookies look like they would simply melt in your mouth – absolutely gorgeous and the perfect flavour for Christmas.

  19. musingmar on December 2, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Love the idea of orange sugar cookies … can’t go wrong with sugar and citrus!

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  21. glutenfreezen on December 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Good Lord, you and 2.0 are hilarious. I’ve missed your posts…I’m a little behind, but catching up!

    So are you going to put up lights? And I dare you to take menorah shaped cookies with blue icing to the cool gay neighbors. 😉

    Your orange cookies are going on my to-do list and I’ll be baking them as soon as we’re settled into our new house!

  22. Jennie on December 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I gotta tell ya, I like the sound of non-denominational cookies. They say, “Can’t we all just get along- be friends.” These look wonderful. Perfect, really. I may have to try these cookies. You know what? I think I’m gonna make these cookies. Pinned.

  23. emma on December 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Hmmm, but I only like denominational cookies…. wahhh!

    THESE LOOK REALLY GOOD I need cookies nowowowowowow. Now.

  24. Liz on December 7, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Too funny…thanks for the giggle this AM. And for the marvelous cookies…

  25. Ann on December 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    ooooo, YUM!! I love anything dessert-y and orange-flavored!! and just to let you know, we never put Christmas lights up either. The most we do for outside decorations is a little wreath on the door! lol

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