Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Since the ice cream man doesn’t come around to our neck of the woods and I haven’t bought a box of orange creamsicle pops (or dreamsicle – however you know them) in years, these cookies are the next best thing to filling that desire for an old-fashioned orange cream combination.

Vanilla chips (the cream!) and orange zest and extract (the orange!) are folded into an every day, buttery cookie base and the resulting merge of orange and cream is fantastically delicious.

Just when I think I can’t possibly come across another cookie variation that will be as wonderful as all the others I love, I find one. And it leaves me wondering, how on earth will I ever get around to trying all the cookie recipes calling to me? One recipe at a time, I suppose. It could be worse. I could be trying recipes for chicken gizzards and liverwurst. I’ll take the cookie challenge any day.

Orange Creamsicle Cookies

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Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Yield: Makes about 30 cookies

Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Note: These cookies should bake up puffy not flat. If your cookies are flattening, try adding another tablespoon or two of flour to the dough (up to 1/4 cup if needed). Also, the orange extract is optional but really enhances the orange flavor of the cookies.


  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest (from 1-2 oranges)
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper, silpat liners or lightly grease with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and creamy. Beat in egg, vanilla, orange extract and orange zest until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture and white chocolate chips, mixing until combined.
  4. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges, taking care not to overbake. The cookies should be rounded and full, not flattened. Remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from The Girl Who Ate Everything

35 Responses to Orange Creamsicle Cookies

  1. Jennie says:

    These are a go-to cookie for our family year round. To add some pizzazz to holiday cookie exchanges, I make these, and they’re always a hit. This year, I added 1 cup dried cranberries to the dough. Not only do they add a splash of holiday color, but they taste great, too! Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. Tiff G says:

    I didn’t have oranges so I just used orange peel. Do you think the flavor would be enhanced if I used real orange zest? They did still taste good!

  3. wendi vartabedian says:

    Hi Mel! I used this recipe with regular semi-sweet chocolate chips. They were beyond delicious!! My family begs for them!

  4. Ava says:

    Made these with vegan margarine (dairy free). They were delicious and friends enjoyed. Thanks!

  5. Mel says:

    Shari – yes, 1/2 cup.

  6. Shari Koeper says:

    Just verifying how much brown sugar to use. Is it 1/2 cup?


  7. Jessica says:

    These were amazing! Thanks for sharing this fun recipe 🙂

  8. Monica says:

    These are currently in the oven… they smell so yummy!

    I used whole wheat pastry flour (do for almost all of my baking) and they came out quite nicely. 2c of white chocolate chips seems like a lot…. I only had 1.5c and it seems like plenty to me. 🙂

  9. Jill says:

    My husband declared these cookies his number one all time favorite. Everyone in my family loved them. thanks!

  10. Ahhh! I am so glad to hear you call them ‘dreamsicle’! That’s what I have always called them and everyone else I know calls them ‘creamsicle’!

  11. Mel says:

    Heidi – I don’t know since I haven’t tried that. Good luck if you try it!

  12. Heidi says:

    Do you think they would turn out using whole wheat pastry flour?

  13. Anissa says:

    I made these yesterday and let me tell ya, they are TO DIE FOR. They may be a top favorite now, on the verge of beating out your awesome chocolate chip cookie recipe.
    I can’t even admit how many I ate…

  14. Emily says:

    I made these this afternoon and they turned out absolutely delicious! I couldn’t believe how good they smelled when I opened the oven to take out the first batch. I only bought one orange, though, which I don’t think yielded quite enough zest. Next time I’ll be sure to get two just in case. Thanks for another great recipe!

  15. Mia says:

    I just made these- they’re amazing! Light, fluffy, and delicious! I didn’t have any orange extract, so I just added a squeeze of fresh OJ.

  16. grace says:

    this takes me back, mel–creamsicles were always my favorite!

  17. Jaime says:

    I heart creamsicles, I’ll definitely be trying these ASAP!

  18. Sara says:

    I just made these for the first time a few weeks ago and loved them! Definately a keeper.

  19. Paula B. says:

    Used to love a creamsicle as a kid. And, I’m with you on all those untried delicious cookie recipes still out there! Will be making these next week for dinner with the girls – perfect ending to a summer suppper, thanks!

  20. Jen T says:

    I’ve never commented on your site before, just I just had to tell you that I love it! It is my favorite and go-t0 recipe site. Everything I have made of yours I love! Thank you! Thank you! and my family of 6 thanks you too! I make something of yours every week! Yum! God bless!

  21. Foodiewife says:

    This cookie hits some of my very favorite flavor notes. White chocolate? Yes! Citrus? Indeed!

  22. I don’t think I’ve ever had creamsicle anything. I don’t know why because I like orange and white chocolate. I think it’s just the idea of them together. I always pair white chocolate with raspberries but I guess I should be more open and try something like this. 🙂

    These look nice and fat like how cookies should be! I bet they have a really nice texture, too.

  23. Tami says:

    I can’t believe I’ve never sent you this recipe. I have been making these cookies for at least ten years. I can honestly say they are my favorite. Try them with tangerine zest. You just might die.

  24. I need to make these cookies!! I’ve been going through a huge creamsicle phase lately!

  25. I just posted about these cookies a few weeks ago. They are sooooo good! I substitute lemon zest for the orange zest sometimes too, which is also amazing.

  26. candice says:

    great Idea. I am always looking for different cookies to make with my little kids. the hubs favorite dessert is cookies and milk, but sometimes you just get tired of chocolate chip. (well I do…im not sure he does….) these will be fantastic for summer.

  27. Diane says:

    I just made these last week and they are Amazing !!!

  28. Yum! I should make these for my coworkers. They would love ’em!

  29. Emily says:

    I’ve been making these for a few years and now they’re my famous cookies that all my family requests. Definitely make them!

  30. jeni Allen says:

    So funny, my husband was talking about how much he loves creamsicles, just last night! I was surprised, after being married for 12 for years, I was unaware of this! Thanks for the recipe!! You rick girl!!

  31. I make something very similiar and I LOVE them!

  32. Kim in MD says:

    I haven’t had an Orange Creamsicle in years! I can remember the creamy vanilla and orange combination was so delicious, and these cookies sound like they will be amazing! The perfect summer cookie- yum!

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