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These orange creamsicle cookies are the cookie version of the crowd-favorite orange and vanilla ice cream. They’re super easy to make with a boxed cake mix!

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orange creamsicle cookies

These orange creamsicle cookies pack everything we love about orange creamsicles in soft and chewy white chocolate chip cookies. 

Break the (baking) mold and whip up these popsicle-inspired treats for your next cookie swap!

The stress-free cookie recipe uses a boxed cake mix, so you can say goodbye to meticulously measuring the dry ingredients just to ensure you’ll end up with perfect cookies.

And for that nostalgic citrus flavor of the creamy popsicle?

Just grab some Orange Jell-O and zest an orange! ?

Orange Creamsicle Cookies Recipe

What are Orange Creamsicle Cookies?

Orange creamsicle cookies are soft cookies that taste just like the creamy orange treat we loved since childhood. So, if you’ve been craving a novelty cookie, these orange creamsicle cake mix cookies will surely hit the spot!

Who doesn’t love a good mash-up of dreamy desserts?

These orange cookies even have the creamy vanilla flavor of an orange creamsicle because they’re studded with white chocolate chips!

What are Orange Creamsicle Cookies

The dough for these creamsicle orange cookies is also made with a box of cake mix.

The only other ingredients you’ll need are an orange for the zest, orange Jell-O, eggs, butter, and white chocolate chips. 

You won’t need to stress about getting the perfect quantities of ingredients! Just dump everything in a bowl, mix, and your dough is ready. 

They actually remind me of our orange crinkle cookies that are also made with a boxed cake mix. Summer baking is about to get exciting with these easy, fruity cookies! 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe For Orange Creamsicle Cookies

  • 6 Ingredients: This orange creamsicle cookie recipe comes together with just 6 ingredients. This means there’s no risk of mistakes in the ingredient measurements, and there’s plenty of room to customize these treats with different mix-ins and toppings. 
  • Versatile: These from-scratch orange creamsicle cookies can easily suit any occasion with their eye-catching look and delicious taste. You can also enjoy them as a snack since they’re ready in 20 minutes. And for those who love hosting, just prepare and freeze the dough in advance for a fuss-free dessert!
  • Irresistibly Unique: Tired of typical cookie flavors? These orange creamsicle cookies from cake mix are full of orange’s vibrant flavor and richness of white chocolate in every soft and chewy bite. 

What Do Creamsicle Orange Cookies Taste Like?

Orange creamsicle cookies taste like the crowd-favorite orange and vanilla popsicle!

The orange zest and Jell-O give these creamsicle orange cookies the sweet, vibrant flavor of oranges without an artificial aftertaste.

You also wouldn’t miss out on the creamy vanilla flavor of orange creamsicles because these orange cookies are loaded with white chocolate chips.

What Do Creamsicle Orange Cookies Taste Like

And as for the texture? 

Since you’re not at risk of having errors in the ingredient quantities, these orange creamsicle cake mix cookies will turn out perfectly soft with a light chew on the edges every single time.

 Can you imagine that soft-chewy goodness in a citrus cookie with a creamy undertone? ?

Continue reading below to prevent cookies from spreading and how to fix sticky cookie dough. 

Ingredients For Orange Creamsicle Cake Mix Cookies

  • White cake mix – You only need a box of cake mix to make these orange creamsicle cookies in a jiffy! No more weighing the dry ingredients to guarantee perfect cookies.
  • Orange Jell-O – Gives our cake mix cookies a citrusy orange taste. This also means you can make the cookies regardless of the season, even if no oranges are available! 
  • Orange zest – To boost the vibrant orange flavor of the orange creamsicle cake mix cookies.
  • Eggs – Don’t forget to take them out of the fridge before making these creamsicle orange cookies. Room-temperature eggs will mix better with the other ingredients. 
  • Salted butter – Contrasts the sweetness of these orange creamsicle cookies from cake mix. I prefer salted butter because it eliminates the guesswork in the ingredient ratios compared to using unsalted butter and salt separately. 
  • White chocolate chips – Load your orange cookies with white chocolate chips to give them the creamy vanilla flavor of orange creamsicles. ?

Tools Needed To Prepare Orange Creamsicle Cookies From Cake Mix

Ingredient Additions & Substitutions For Orange Creamsicle Cookies

White cake mix substitute

Want more orange flavor on your cake mix creamsicle cookies? Use an orange cake mix instead!

Fall flavors

These orange creamsicle cookies are not just for summer. Make them anytime and tweak the recipe to suit the season.

For a fall twist on this orange creamsicle cookie recipe, roll the orange cake mix cookies in a mixture of sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. ?

Orange glaze

Make your orange creamsicle cake mix cookies even more indulgent by topping them with a quick orange glaze. 

It’s super easy to make!

Just whisk a cup of confectioner’s sugar with 1/4 teaspoon of orange zest and a tablespoon of orange juice until smooth. 

How to Make Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Ingredients:

Tools you need:

Instructions:

STEP 1: Gather the ingredients for your orange creamsicle cookies. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

ingredients for orange creamsicle cookies

STEP 2: Line the baking sheets with parchment paper.

STEP 3: Combine the cake mix, Jell-O powder, and orange zest in a large bowl.

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step 3b orange creamsicle cookies

STEP 4: Add the eggs and butter to the bowl and beat with a hand mixer on medium speed for a minute or two just until combined. Scrape down the sides as needed.

step 4a orange creamsicle cookies
step 4b orange creamsicle cookies

STEP 5: Fold in the white chocolate chips.

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step 5b orange creamsicle cookies

STEP 6: Portion the dough into balls using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop. Arrange them about 2 inches apart on the lined baking sheets.

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STEP 7: Bake the creamsicle orange cookies for 9 to 10 minutes or until the edges are set. If the tops still look wet, extend the baking time for 1 to 3 minutes more.

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STEP 8: Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to stand on the sheets for 10 minutes. Then, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

What To Serve With Creamsicle Orange Cookies

For me, nothing beats serving orange creamsicle cookies with a glass of milk. Nothing more, nothing less. ?

This pairing makes the treats taste even more like the summer popsicle! 

You can also dress the cake mix cookies up with a dusting of powdered sugar or cream cheese frosting. 

Still not decadent enough for your sweet tooth?

The next best makeover for these creamsicle-inspired orange cookies is to turn them into ice cream sandwiches! Just imagine the soft, chewy citrus cookies with melty vanilla ice cream in the center. ?

What To Serve With Creamsicle Orange Cookies

You can also set up an impressive dessert table with sweets all made from a boxed cake mix! Try our lemon raspberry cupcakes and strawberry brownies.

Who says baking requires flawless measuring skills???

And if you want to serve these orange creamsicles this summer, here’s a collection of the best summer cookie recipes to accompany these orange delights on your picnic or pool party.

Tips About Making Orange Creamsicle Cookies From Cake Mix

  • Make your mixing life easier, and bring your refrigerated ingredients to room temperature before doing the recipe. This way, you won’t risk overmixing the dough, and your cookies will come out perfectly soft every single time.
  • The orange creamsicle cookies are done once their edges are set. If the tops still look wet, you can bake them for a few more minutes. You don’t need to overbake them because they’ll continue cooking while resting on the sheets. 
  • For chunky bakery-style cookies, add more white chocolate chips on top of the dough balls before baking them. 

How To Store Orange Creamsicle Cake Mix Cookies

  • Room temperature: You can keep your leftover orange creamsicle cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. This will maintain their texture and flavor better than refrigerating them.
  • Freezer: Wondering if you can freeze your creamsicle orange cookies? Yes, they’re freezer-friendly! Just transfer them to a freezer-safe container, and you can freeze them for up to 3 months. Thaw the frozen cookies at room temperature before serving.
  • Make-Ahead: To make them in advance, flash-freeze the orange creamsicle cookie dough balls and store them in a freezer-safe bag. And when you bake the frozen balls, don’t forget to add a few extra minutes. 
How To Store Orange Creamsicle Cake Mix Cookies

Why Are My Orange Creamsicle Cookies Spreading Too Much?

If your white chocolate chip orange creamsicle cookies end up flat from spreading too much, it means the butter in the dough melted too quickly.

So next time you bake cookies, refrigerate the dough for 30 to 60 minutes first. This will solidify the fat and help prevent the cookies from spreading too much. 

Did you know cookie spreading is common, even in classic cookies like peanut butter blossoms

I guess cookie batters sometimes need to take a chill pill. ?

What to Do If My Orange Creamsicle Cookie Dough Is Too Sticky?

Is your dough for these orange creamsicle cookies sticky?

You can fix it by refrigerating the dough for a few minutes until its consistency is more workable for rolling. 

But if it’s still sticky, adjust the amount of dry ingredients in the mixture to balance out its wetness.

You can add a small amount of flour at a time until the dough is easier to handle. 

FAQ About Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Do you really need to let the creamsicle orange cookies cool on a wire rack?

Yes! Transferring the orange creamsicle cookies to a wire rack will cool them completely and properly. However, don’t forget to let them sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes after baking. If you immediately lift them off, the cookies can break or lose their shape. 

How can I enhance the orange flavor of my cookies?

Boost the orange flavor of your creamsicle cake mix cookies by adding orange extract to the mixture! You can also top them with orange glaze. 

Can I use orange food coloring to enhance the color of these orange creamsicle cookies?

Want a more eye-catching, vibrant orange color on your creamsicle orange cookies? Before folding the chocolate chips in, add a few drops of orange food coloring to the cookie batter.

What can I use if I don’t have white chocolate chips?

If you don’t have white chocolate chips, these orange cookies will also be delicious with milk chocolate chips! Chocolate orange cake-inspired cookies, anyone? You might also like the crunch of macadamias in these soft and chewy cookies.

Can I make this cake mix cookie recipe with other flavors?

Of course! This cake mix cookie recipe is adaptable! Swap the orange Jell-O and orange zest with lemon Jell-O and lemon zest for soft lemon cookies.

recipe for orange creamsicle cookies
Orange Creamsicle Cookies From Cake Mix

Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These orange creamsicle cookies are the cookie version of the crowd-favorite orange and vanilla ice cream. They're super easy to make with a boxed cake mix!

Instructions

  1. Gather the ingredients for your orange creamsicle cookies. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  2. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  3. Combine the cake mix, Jell-O powder, and orange zest in a large bowl. 
  4. Add the eggs and butter to the bowl and beat with a hand mixer on medium speed for a minute or two just until combined. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  5. Fold in the white chocolate chips.
  6. Portion the dough into balls using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop. Arrange them about 2 inches apart on the lined baking sheets.
  7. Bake the creamsicle orange cookies for 9 to 10 minutes or until the edges are set. If the tops still look wet, extend the baking time for 1 to 3 minutes more.
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to stand on the sheets for 10 minutes. Then, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Make sure your eggs and butter are at room temperature to prevent lumps in the mixture. Softened butter is also easier to incorporate with the other ingredients, so you won't risk overmixing, which results in tougher cookies.
  • These creamsicle cookies are soft and chewy, so don't overbake them! They're done baking once their edges are set. It's okay if the centers of the cookies are still soft because they'll continue baking on the sheets after removing them from the oven.
  • Want bakery-style cookies studded with white chocolate chips? Besides folding the white chocolate chips into the dough, you also want to top the dough balls with more white chocolate chips!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

* Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for the most accurate results.

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Conclusion

Who says orange creamsicle cookies are just for summer? Enjoy them year-round since they only require 6 ingredients anyway. 

creamsicle orange cookies

By using a boxed cake mix, you can now enjoy perfectly soft and chewy cookies without the pressure of measuring the ingredients correctly.

These orange creamsicle cake mix cookies have this beautiful orange color that will surely pop out on your party table.

And if the classic chocolate chip cookie just isn’t doing it for you anymore, I’m sure you’ll love the vanilla-citrus flavor of these creamsicle orange cookies!

Orange Creamsicle Cake Mix Cookies

Love fruity cookies that can be made from scratch? Here are other delicious cookies featuring your favorite fruits. I’ve also included a bonus non-fruit recipe for those who love pumpkin. 

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