blood orange cookies

Soft batch-style blood orange cookies with naturally pink frosting!

Blood oranges are one of those fleeting ingredients I can’t help but snatch up when I see them, taking advantage of the too-brief season. The citrus works beautifully in these sweet little bites, fragrant with blood orange zest and pure almond extract (though if you can’t find blood oranges, don’t let that dissuade you from trying these cookies – use whatever citrus fruit you like).

Blood Orange Cookies | Tutti Dolci

The soft batch-style cookies practically melt in the mouth, making it impossible to stop at just one. A flourish of naturally pink frosting makes these cookies fitting for Valentine’s Day decorating and devouring.

Blood Orange Cookies

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Blood Orange Cookies

Blood Orange Cookies

  • Author: Laura | Tutti Dolci
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes (includes chilling)
  • Yield: 20 cookies


Soft batch-style blood orange cookies with naturally pink frosting!



  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp blood orange zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp blood orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1 large egg

Blood Orange Frosting

  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp powdered sugar, sifted
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp blood orange juice
  • 1/8 tsp pure almond extract


  1. Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Place blood orange zest and white sugar in a food processor and pulse for 1 minute. Beat blood orange-sugar, brown sugar, and butter in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy. Add blood orange juice, almond extract and egg; beat until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Transfer dough to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F (If cookie dough has chilled overnight, let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before baking). Line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Form 1 1/4-inch balls of dough and place two inches apart on prepared baking sheets; flatten mounds slightly. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 10 minutes, until golden. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheets, pressing with the bottom of a glass to flatten slightly. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. For the frosting, whisk together powdered sugar, salt, melted butter, blood orange juice, and almond extract in a small bowl until smooth and spreadable. Use an offset spatula to frost cookies; let set before serving. Store leftover cookies in a single layer in an airtight container at room temperature.


  • Calories: 140
  • Carbohydrates: 22

Keywords: Blood Orange, Orange, Citrus, Cookies

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  1. Beautiful. Love the pink icing! I have yet to find some blood oranges, but I’m not giving up. Will definitely try these, one way or another 🙂

  2. Blood orange season does not last nearly long enough – I agree! These cookies are beautiful and I wish I had a few with me right now! I’m

  3. I am like you Laura! And I actually made some friands last blood orange season that are like the friand version of this with pink icing and a wedge of the fruit. They’re such a gorgeous fruit!

  4. Oh how adorable! These cookies are like mini cakes and I love it! I keep looking out for blood oranges but no such luck so far. 🙂

  5. Lovely little cookies, Laura! I’m not a fan of the colour pink but this shade is luscious (& natural!). 😀

  6. Blood oranges are a favourite at my place! I have a friend who is a grower. Lovely recipe, Laura, really pretty! xo

  7. Beautiful iced soft batch cookies, Laura! I love the natural pink icing as well as blood oranges. Their season is all too fleeting, for sure. Thank you for sharing, my friend. I will definitely be pinning these beauties! xo

  8. I’ve been on a blood orange binge lately as well, got to get them while they last!

  9. These are really beautiful and I feel the same way about blood oranges! <3 Love that you included almond extract in here too!

  10. WOW – this is my kind of cookie! I need to purchase some blood oranges before the season passes me by.

  11. These are so beautiful! I finally found blood oranges in the UK so I am putting them on top of my baking list.

  12. I would definitely not stop at one. They sound and look wonderful and blood orange makes them so special and unique. I love the color too! Pinning!