Vanilla Bean Orange Zest Sugar Cookies

These soft and chewy sugar cookies are made with vanilla bean and orange zest.
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, orange, sugar cookie, vanilla
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 22 | Makes about 22 cookies
Calories 177 kcal
Author Lyuba Brooke


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • Zest from 1 orange
US Customary - Metric


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together for two minutes in an electric mixer on medium-high speed.
  3. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl and beat for another minute.
  4. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl again and beat in egg on medium speed. Add vanilla bean, vanilla extract, and orange zest.
  5. Lower speed to low and add flour and baking powder. Beat until just combined.
  6. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl and make sure all ingredients are evenly mixed.
  7. Scoop cookie dough with a cookie scoop (you can use #50 or #40 cookie scoop).
  8. Optional: roll each cookie ball in sprinkles or sugar crystals if you wish.
  9. Place cookie dough balls on prepared cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Press on each cookie gently and only a little bit, don't flatten.
  10. Bake for 9-12 minutes, depending on the size of the cookie ball.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Bean Orange Zest Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.