Orange Cookie Cups

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Orange Cookie Cups, thick cookie cups are crispy on the outside, soft and buttery on the inside and stuffed with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting. They’re so irresistible, you can’t eat just one!!

Orange Cookie Cups

If you want a quick dessert that’s easy to mix together and bakes quickly, this is the recipe for you!

These orange Cookie Cups may look like muffins, but no no no, they’re cookies smushed in a mini-muffin tin and filled with icing!

You can absolutely make these into traditional cookies. The fact is, they’re fabulous as cookies. I just needed wanted something a little different so I smushed them into muffin tins. When you bake cookies in a muffin tin, they don’t poof up in the center like the pretty dome-shaped bakery muffins. They kind of stay flat or mine usually have a little dip in the center. I actually like this because it’s great to fill with frosting, jam, whipped cream, or chocolate!

Orange Cookie Cups

I filled these cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting. Can you say ‘drool-worthy‘? The cookie cup is crispy on the outside. It’s tender and buttery on the inside. The smooth cream cheese icing with a hint of orange zest is the perfect topping. There are two bites of bliss and totally worth running extra to burn off.

Orange Cookie Cups

Since these cookie cups are small, they bake quickly and make an easy dessert if you’ve been asked to bring a snack to a luncheon or just want to make a neighbor, teacher or friend smile.

orange cookie cups

Orange Cookie Cups

Orange Cookie Cups are thick cookie cups. They're crispy on the outside, soft and buttery on the inside. Stuffed these cookie cups with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting. They're so irresistible, you can't eat just one!!
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 18 servings


  • 2/3 cup butter

    at room temperature, I used salted butter

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup orange juice I used low-pulp, store bought
  • 1


    orange zest
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8- ounces cream cheese

    room temperature

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest zest from one large orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add egg and mix until combined.
  • Add all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients alternately with the orange juice to the mixer.
  • Mix until the dough is smooth.
  • Using a medium scoop (1 and 1/2 tablepsoon to 2 tablespoon in size) scoop the dough into mini- muffin tins that have been sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Allow the cookies to set in the muffin tins about 5 minutes before carefully removing to a wie rack to cool.
  • When cool frost with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until well blended. Add sugar and beat until smooth, then add orange peel and vanilla. Spoon frosting in a large zip-top bag. Snip the corner off the bag and fill cookie cups. Store any un-used frosting in the refrigerate.


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Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 566IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Mine came out more like mini muffins but that’s ok because they tasted delicious and just like a cookie! Never thought about pressing it down

  2. These cookie cups are adorable Paula! Love the orange in the cookies and cream cheese – totally drool-worthy and perfect for a party or potluck 🙂

  3. Orange is good. But I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that these are not cupcakes or muffins. Apparently I am the ONLY one who is struggling. Well bottom line they are delicious and cream cheese frosting is always the bomb.

    1. Well, I used my cookie recipe and instead of making cookies I pressed them in to a muffin pan. Mostly just because I wanted to top them with icing. I like cookie cups. They have the texture and consistency of a cookie, thick and dense, not fluffy and puffy like a cake.

    2. My market sells brownies that are like these cups and are delicious! I just press the middle in a bit more and fill with chocolate or coconut mousse (whip your favorite box of instant pudding with 2 cups heavy cream…can even use sugar-free). Sprinkle with a little toasted coconut or chocolate shavings and with little work…voila…great little pop-treats!

      1. Oh, yeah, Brownie cups are the bomb, Carmel! I haven’t had that filling though, it sound fabulous.

      2. Amazing what you can do with a cup! What’s nice is that, for a party, you can make different flavor cups and fillings. Look so pretty and no need for cake plates! Pick, pop and pleasure!

  4. Paula, this is definitely a perfect little treat and I’m all about citrus flavors! So many times I have to take something to work for a pot-luck or shower and these will be perfect. I just have to hope too many don’t get eaten before they get out the door! 🙂 Thanks for sharing and pinning – have a great Tuesday!

    1. Thanks Cindy, you can’t eat just one, better make a double batch for that social 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  5. Paula,
    Thanks so much for responding so quickly! Getting ingredients and making for a dear friend’s birthday this weekend. She loves orange flavored anything. May add a little Grand Marnier to the cream cheese for a few of cups. I like the bite-size desserts because they are so easy to handle and you can’t get into too much trouble by having a huge piece of cake.
    Your recipes are just delicious! Keep up the wonderful work.
    Thanks again!

    1. You have made my day, Carmel! Thanks so much! I like bite-sized desserts too. Honestly, I tood these to my boys’ teachers because eating ‘just one’ turned into THREE!! Hope you and your friend enjoy them!

  6. Did I miss the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting recipe somewhere? Thanks! Can’t wait to try once I get the frosting recipe.

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