Orange marmalade cookies with fresh orange icing

According to a poll taken by me of all residents in my household, 50% prefer jam to marmalade.

The other 50%, and incidentally the smarter 50%, (non-biased poll ranked on who has a blog and who hasn’t) think marmalade is an amazing blend of flavours.

However, all residents like marmalade cookies with fresh orange icing.

Conclusion: If we found the inner cookie in our politicians they’d be more liked.

While reading Rufus’ Food and Spirit Guide I found these awesome looking orange marmalade cookies. I followed the link to the recipe on Sweet Peas blog, and realised it was a reblog from White on Rice Couple’s blog.

And now here! No point reinventing the wheel on something tried and tested. And, may I add, their absolutely delicious.

Except I did reinvent the method. The original method wants you to ‘set your mix master to two’, then refrigerate the batter to harden it, and all that jazz.

Instead I just mixed the batter using a bowl and spoon (totally old school here at Clever muffin). Then used the trusty two-spoon method, taught to me by my mum, to get the sticky cookie batter into balls and on to the tray. In brief – using two spoons, take a spoonful of dough, transfer from one spoon to the other to make a rough ball, then scrape on to tray.

Two spoon trick - not very tricky

It worked just fine. They are a little more rustic looking as I couldn’t roll them in to perfect little ball, but rustic is in. Word. You can always follow the original method by clicking the links above to the other lovely blogs.

You may also notice I made my cookies very big. That’s not trick photography, that’s me wanting really big cookies.

They are more a cake-type-cookie then a crumbly cookie. The term rock cake could describe them aptly.  And moorish. That’s another good word to describe them too.


For the cookie dough:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup orange marmalade
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For the orange icing:
Finely grated zest from 1 orange
Finely grated zest from 1/2 a lemon
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
3 cups icing sugar (confectioners’ sugar)


For the cookie dough:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Line baking trays with grease proof paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugar – either use beaters or work out your biceps (it’s done when it’s a light yellow, smooth texture).
  3. Add eggs, mix well.
  4. Add marmalade, mix well.
  5. Add flour, baking soda and salt, mix well.
  6. Using two spoons, take a spoonful of dough, transfer from one spoon to the other to make a rough ball, then scrape on to tray.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cookies are light brown.
  8. Transfer to wire rack to cool. Once completely cool, ice the using a butter knife (no need to be picky, coz we’re doing rustic, yea? Yea).

For the icing:

  1. In a medium bowl combine citrus zests, juices, melted butter and sea salt.
  2. Whisk in icing sugar until well combined and smooth.

Quantity: Makes 24 large or 36 normal size cookies.

Healthy? 155 for a normal size cookies, or 235 for a larger one.

Storage: Store in airtight container.

16 Comments on Orange marmalade cookies with fresh orange icing

  1. frugalfeeding
    20 September 2011 at 11:38 am (6 years ago)

    Another great recipe! It must be good if it has been re blogged this many times in a long chain! Thanks for sharing it, you are a clever muffin… although these, again, aren’t muffins. Never mind, I’ll forgive you once more – they look yum.

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      20 September 2011 at 11:05 pm (6 years ago)

      I know, I’m not staying very true to my name am I? I’ll get a rep as a muffin traitor…:)

      • frugalfeeding
        20 September 2011 at 11:55 pm (6 years ago)

        At least you tried to be a food monogamist.

  2. Tina@flourtrader
    20 September 2011 at 12:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks for posting this unusual recipe. Recipes for orange flavored cookies are not that easy to come by, especially in this cake like form. I am sure that these citrus gems are delicious since they have such a following!

  3. Erin
    20 September 2011 at 2:15 pm (6 years ago)

    They turned out great!

  4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    20 September 2011 at 2:56 pm (6 years ago)

    Ha, I didn’t remember hers was a repost. She posts the best desserts. Now I want these cookies again.

  5. Barefeet In The Kitchen
    20 September 2011 at 10:23 pm (6 years ago)

    These sounds great. I love citrus in cookies and cakes. Orange would be very interesting.

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      20 September 2011 at 11:03 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks! I’m a bit citrus crazy and the moment, orange rind in pancakes… lemon rind in my dinners…

  6. Just A Smidgen
    21 September 2011 at 4:56 am (6 years ago)

    I love that your cookies are so big and the amount of icing is making me drool:) They remind me of a cookie my mom used to make and then freeze… I ate them frozen, needless to say.

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      21 September 2011 at 12:17 pm (6 years ago)

      I don’t think it would take a fair amount of self constraint on my behalf to freeze these – but they would freeze well come to think of it.

  7. Patty
    21 September 2011 at 2:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh these orange cookies look good!
    You won the cookbook, I need to get your address;-)

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      21 September 2011 at 11:02 pm (6 years ago)

      Really?? That’s super exciting – I’ll send you an email. Thanks Patty :)

  8. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    21 September 2011 at 6:36 pm (6 years ago)

    I am sooooooo glad you reposted this. I had not seen them before and these look so orange-y and yum! Can’t WAIT to make them. :)

  9. Caroline
    22 September 2011 at 6:59 pm (6 years ago)

    Drooling over these photos. The cookies sound amazing! So glad you made them as well. Looks like I’m gonna have to give them a try as well. :) That frosting!!

  10. The Hook
    8 October 2011 at 4:08 am (6 years ago)

    Awesome stuff! Well done.


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