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Creamsicle Cookies

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Everyone loves that orange creamsicle flavor and these orange creamsicle cookies will transport you to a hot summer day when the ice cream man came calling.
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  1. Creamsicle Cookies Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Creamsicle Cookies Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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These creamsicle cookies take that nostalgic bright orange flavor and incorporate it into this recipe to create soft and chewy cookies that taste just like the childhood treat. There’s something about that orange and vanilla flavor combo that is irresistible to me and I guarantee these cookies will be a huge hit.

For more unique cookie recipes, our strawberry cake mix cookies and s’mores stuffed cookies both fit the bill.

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Creamsicle Cookies Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box vanilla cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Super Moist brand)
  • 1 (8-ounce block) cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • ½ teaspoon orange gel food coloring
  • 1 (11-ounce bag) white chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli brand)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

PRO TIP:

For the orange coloring, make sure you are using gel rather than regular food coloring.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CAKE MIX: If you can find a box of orange cake mix, you can substitute that for the vanilla flavor. You would omit the orange food coloring and only add ½ teaspoon orange-flavored extract to the cake.

CREAM CHEESE: I like to use full-fat cream cheese when baking. The low-fat cream cheese will work, but I do not recommend non-fat cream cheese as it does not produce as good of a result for these orange cream cookies. 

How To Make This Creamsicle Cookies Recipe

STEP ONE: Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside

STEP TWO: In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat on medium-low speed the cream cheese and unsalted butter for 1 minute or until smooth with no lumps.

PRO TIP:

Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with any lumps in your butter mixture.

Creamsicle Cookies process shot of cream cheese and butter blended in a bowl

STEP THREE: Add the egg, orange extract, and orange gel food coloring and continue to mix for an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until completely incorporated.

Creamsicle Cookies process shot of ingredients blended together in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Add the vanilla cake mix and mix at low speed for a final 1 to 2 minutes. You will have a very thick batter.

Creamsicle Cookies process shot of ingredients blended together in a bowl

STEP FIVE: Mix the white chocolate chips into the batter until evenly distributed. This may be easier to do with a wooden spoon or spatula.

Creamsicle Cookies process shot of white chocolate chips folded into the batter

STEP SIX: Using a 1½ tablespoon (1½ inch) cookie scoop, scoop out all 36 cookies and place them onto one of the parchment-lined baking sheets. Place the dough balls into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.

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STEP SEVEN: While your cookie dough balls are chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the powdered sugar into a small bowl. Once your cookies have chilled, roll them in the powdered sugar to lightly coat them.

PRO TIP:

You can omit the powdered sugar step if you prefer, but I love the beautiful crackle finish it gives to these cookies. 

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STEP EIGHT: Place 9 to 12 powdered sugar-coated cookie balls onto the second parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Creamsicle Cookies process shot of powered sugar coated cookie balls placed on a baking sheet

STEP NINE: Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. The cookies should be set in the center and have a beautiful crackle look from the powdered sugar coating. 

Creamsicle Cookies process shot after cookies are baked on a baking sheet

STEP TEN: Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to cool completely on a wire rack.

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STEP ELEVEN: Repeat steps 8 to 10 until all the cookies have baked and cooled.

How To Serve

Maybe we need to call these orange dreamsicle cookies because they are a dream come true. These decadent cookies taste just like the orange creamsicle ice cream and when you serve them with a cold glass of milk, you will be glad you did. Or how about adding even more nostalgia with an Orange Julius or Wendy’s Frosty?

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: These orange cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days on the counter.

IN THE FRIDGE: You can also store these white chocolate chip cookies for 5 to 6 days in the refrigerator. 

IN THE FREEZER: This orange creamsicle cookie recipe can be stored in the freezer for up to three months in an airtight container.

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Who doesn’t love creamsicles? Those orange popsicles with the creamy vanilla ice cream center are a classic summer treat. Now you can enjoy them all year long in cookie form with these creamsicle cookies. Soft cookies loaded with sweet white chocolate chips make these the perfect cookies.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long will these cookies keep in the freezer?

This delicious cookie can be frozen for up to three months.

Can I use orange essential oil instead of orange extract for these cookies?

For this orange creamsicle cookies recipe, you could substitute the orange extract with essential oil. We’d recommend only using a couple of drops of oil since the flavor is much more concentrated.

Can I leave out the white chocolate chips if I want?

If you don’t want to include the chocolate chips in these creamsicle orange cookies, you can certainly leave them out of this recipe and these cookies will still be delicious.

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Creamsicle Cookies

5 from 3 votes
Everyone loves that orange creamsicle flavor and these orange creamsicle cookies will transport you to a hot summer day when the ice cream man came calling.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 36 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 15.25 ounces vanilla cake mix, I used Betty Crocker Super Moist brand
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • ½ teaspoon orange gel food coloring
  • 11 ounces white chocolate chips, I used Ghirardelli brand
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat on medium-low speed with a handheld mixer the cream cheese and unsalted butter for 1 minute or until smooth with no lumps.
  • Add the egg, orange extract, and orange gel food coloring and continue to mix for an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until completely incorporated.
  • Add the vanilla cake mix and mix at low speed for a final 1 to 2 minutes. You will have a very thick batter.
  • Mix the white chocolate chips into the batter until evenly distributed. This may be easier to do with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Using a 1½ tablespoon (1½ inch) cookie scoop, scoop out all 36 cookies and place them onto one of the parchment-lined baking sheets. Place the dough balls into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.
  • While your cookie dough balls are chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the powdered sugar into a small bowl. Once your cookies have chilled, roll them in the powdered sugar to lightly coat them.
  • Place 9 to 12 powdered sugar-coated cookie balls onto the second parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. The cookies should be set in the center and have a beautiful crackle look from the powdered sugar coating.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to cool completely on a cooling rack.
  • Repeat steps 8 to 10 until all the cookies have baked and cooled.

Notes

Note: For the orange coloring, make sure you are using gel rather than regular food coloring.
 
Note: Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with any lumps in your butter mixture.
 
Note: You can omit the powdered sugar step if you prefer, but I love the beautiful crackle finish it gives to these cookies.

Nutrition

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Shakima says

    5 stars
    I tried this recipe for the first time and they were AMAZING!! Everyone loved them! Can I make this same recipe but with different flavored cake mixes?? My kids love the texture!