Orange-Coconut Cream Cheese Cookies

Orange Cookies 2

Tender, melt-in-your mouth cookies that call out for a hot cup of tea.

Note: For extra flavor and texture I make a orange-lemon sugar with a food processor. If you like to try it: use a sharp knife or a vegetable peeler, peel the orange and lemon and remove the pith (white part of peel). Place sugar and peel into the bowl of a food processor and chop very finely, pulsing until very, very fine. Seal in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use. Add the orange-lemon sugar as an aromatic sweetener for banana bread, cookies, pies and all kinds of homemade pastries.

Orange Cookies 3

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 12 minutes
Makes: about 28 cookies


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 4 oz (1/2 pack) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • zest of 1 orange 
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Put the confectioners' sugar into a bowl and set aside.

To make the cookies, over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on medium-low speed until smooth, about 45 seconds. Add the granulated sugar, orange zest, lemon zest (or orange-lemon sugar), increase the speed to medium and beat until slightly fluffy, about 1 minute, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the egg, cream cheese and vanilla extract.

Reduce the speed to low, gradually add the flour mixture and beat until just combined.

Using a tablespoon, scoop up a rounded spoonful of dough. Scrape the dough off the spoon into the palm of your other hand. Roll the dough into a ball. Roll the ball in the confectioners' sugar until covered. Place the balls on a prepared baking sheet. Repeat, spacing the balls about 2 inches apart.

When 1 baking sheet is full, put it in the oven and bake the cookies until they are crackled and puffed, 10 to 12 minutes.

Using a metal spatula, move the cookies onto the rack and let cool completely. Repeat with the rest of the cookies. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...
March 3, 2013 at 5:02 PM  

What divine looking cookies! Aaaahhh, spring is here...



La Table De Nana said...
March 3, 2013 at 5:31 PM  

I love those teacup/plate combos..I collect them:) Well..collected them..Still very favored..

These look good Yelena:)

La Table De Nana said...
March 3, 2013 at 5:31 PM  

PS new header etc..pretty:)

Yelena Strokin said...
March 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM  

Thank you sweet Nana, I have made some changes for recipes folder also. Now it's more organized-)

Julia said...
March 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM  

Such pretty cookies: love the cracks on top. They remind me of Russian tea cakes. Love your tea set, too!

Marina said...
March 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM  

Cookies are pretty, but flowers... Podsnezhniki... So beautiful!

Amy said...
March 4, 2013 at 9:15 PM  

These cookies are so adorable. I love melt in your mouth type of cookies and can't wait to try these. I love your teacup set. So beautiful and perfect for these little cuties. :)

Yelena Strokin said...
March 4, 2013 at 9:21 PM  

Thank you Amy, the tea set is a gift from a dear friend, she lives in England, I miss her very much.

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...
March 7, 2013 at 2:12 AM  

Ahhh you make such beautiful cookies and pictures. At the end of the long tiring day, I'm actually relaxing and enjoying seeing your posts! I also love the beautiful tea set too!

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