Frosted Clementine Cookies

Frosted Clementine Cookies

Winter and I, yeah, we’re not friends.  In fact we’re more like mortal enemies.  I was fooled by this winter, things were surprisingly mild and snow free and then Christmas came and so did winter in the truest sense.  The forecast is not looking promising, but I’m still holding out for a January thaw and no more snow storms that require the snow guy to come.

Winter is just so . . . wintry.  I told you how I’m allergic to the cold, so you can imagine my dismay when forecast highs aren’t even going to break twenty degrees.  The cold air physically hurts, as the wind pounds into every unexposed area of my body and somehow manages to pass right through my coat and clothes, as though it has super hero powers, or super villain powers.  The snow might be pretty for a moment, one single, solitary moment, but then it doesn’t melt, turns into snirt (snow mixed with dirt), and loses its allure completely and totally as the ever growing piles in parking lots look like they should be given their own zip code.  Walking in parking lots is also treacherous as I step to avoid mounds of salt, leftover slush, and pot holes filled with water.  Not to mention the fact that I could go on and on about how many snow storms have ruined plans.  Somehow every time I was a kid wishing as hard as my brain would allow for a snow day, the weather guys’ prediction of twelve inches turned into two as the storm took this path instead of that, but now that I make plans I’d actually like to keep, the two inch storm often manages its way to twelve.

Unbaked Clementine Cookies

Home is where I stay for the most part, not wanting to get upset over cancelled plans or deal with the finger swelling a day in icy cold temperatures inevitably brings, but I still see the snow and lack of sun nearly every day from the windows and it makes me sad.  I tend to dwell on it more than most, but it’s just not fun to deal with a season that makes me think twice every time I want to leave the house, that makes me long for a nice warm walk outside, the sun hitting my face, that makes me want to trade Michigan and its winters for the sun of California or Florida.

Frosted Clementine Cookies

Frosted Clementine Cookies

There’s also the lack of produce.  Store shelves seem almost bare, as my grocery store bill is sometimes cut by almost half.  I know they’re not seasonal and local and all that, but the Chilean cherries have been outstanding and have quelled some of my desire for stone fruits.  There is one bright spot of winter (don’t tell anyone I’m admitting this).  Citrus.  Different kinds of oranges, lemons, and grapefruits.  They’re so pretty and fragrant and healthy.  Oranges are by far my favorite, especially clementines.  Those little orange jewels bursting with juice are something I look forward to every year.  I always buy the ones imported from Spain as they are real clementines and have the outstanding flavor to match.

Frosted Clementine Cookies

I put one of the many boxes of clementines I have already purchased this season to good work in these Frosted Clementine Cookies.  Little nuggets of sunshine, they brightened my day even if looking outside didn’t.  The cookies are super easy to make, no mixer or chilling required, and bake up perfectly.  They are thick, puffy, cakey cookies that have surprisingly crisp edges.  Though I typically like super soft, underbaked cookies, I fell in love with the crispy edges and perfectly baked interior with a moist fine crumb, as they became some of the best cookies I’ve made, filled with orange flavor from both zest and juice.  I love the flavor orange zest gives baked goods and was happy to see so much used in this recipe.  Then it is topped with a glaze.  I kept mine very thick and it was more like frosting, which I loved, as it fully coated the cookie.  It was a true pleasure biting through the soft, lightly orange flavored frosting, then into the firmer cookie with its hint of crunch.  These cookies are a wonderful treat that I think of as one small way winter is trying to make up for all its shortcomings.

Frosted Clementine Cookies

Frosted Clementine Cookies

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Frosted Clementine Cookies
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Serves: 16
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons clementine zest
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons fresh clementine juice (I used two clementines)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Fresh clementine juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together sugar, zest, and butter until light and fluffy. I did this by hand, as long as the butter is room temperature the dough is very easy to put together by hand, but a hand or stand mixer would work as well. Add the egg, juice, and vanilla and mix until once again light and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients slowly and mix until a dough just comes together.
  4. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto prepared sheets, 8 to a tray. Bake for about 12 minutes, until light golden brown around the edges and still quite soft to the touch. Cool completely on cookie sheets.
  5. When the cookies are completely cool, make the frosting. In a medium bowl, stir together sugar and enough juice to form a spreadable yet still thick frosting. Immediately spread the frosting onto the cookies or it will harden in the bowl. Be generous. The frosting will firm up as the cookies sit. Cookies may be stored at room temperature in a single layer in an airtight container for up to 4 days, or frozen wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 4 months. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour.
Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker


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  1. Winter will be over before you know it. The days will fly. These cookies have a great orange taste from the juice and the zest of the clementines. They are cake like with thick frosting. What a treat.

  2. Clementines are so addictive, I can only imagine how addictive these cookies would be too!

    • We eat clementines like crazy in our house. I wish they were available year round – they’re so yummy! The cookies are definitely addictive and the clementine flavor comes through so much. Thanks, Natalie 🙂

  3. Love your take on these cookies! The clementine version sounds fantastic!

  4. Sweet little clementines are the best! These cookies look totally addicting! We are complete opposites as I am a winter lover. Don’t hate me. Haha.

    • Yes, clementines are amazing! As are the cookies! Everyone likes something different – that is one of the most important things I’ve learned about life. Plus, there have to be some people who love winter out there to balance out those of us who don’t! Thanks for visiting, Reeni 🙂

  5. Yeah, winter and I don’t get along either… anything below 60 is too much for me! (although I live in CA so I’m totally a wimp with weather 🙂 )These cookies look beautiful, I love that you used clementines. I could just eat that dough by the spoonful!

    • You’re so lucky to live in California, Summer! I hope to move there soon. The cookies are amazing, but the dough is for sure a treat all on its own. I love eating cookie dough! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  6. The cookies are very moist with a great taste. The frosting is the perfect final touch.

  7. If it weren’t for winter citrus, there’s no way I’d be able to get through this season! These cookies look great!

  8. Debbie Eccard says:

    If I had the confectionary sugar, I would make these today as I have everything else. I may send your uncle up for it and make these tonight or tomorrow. They look so yummy.

  9. I feel the same about the cold too. But these cookies are so festive for Christmas time and since they’re in season now perfect. I love clementines, I just inhaled a few yesterday when I needed a snack. Yum.

    Thanks for linking up on Sugar & Slice Sunday link party. You’ve been featured! Hope to see you sharing at the new party. 🙂

    • Clementines are the perfect little treat! They make a great snack. Thanks so much, Lisa! Featured two weeks in a row 🙂 I’m so excited!

  10. Hi Laura,
    Happy New Year to you all!! I love reading your postings and looking at pictures of (I’m sure delicious) goodies you bake. I did get to try the Clementine Cookies that your aunt Debbie so kindly shared with me. I loved Clementines and L-O-V-E-D the cookies!!! I will be baking some myself this week since I have lots of Clementines on my fruit basket. Thank you for all the recipes and the inspiring postings.

    • Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment, Carmen! I really appreciate it 🙂 I’m so glad you liked the cookies and that Debbie shared them with you. I need her to bake more to help spread the word about my blog 😉 Please let me know if you make them.

  11. Hi I just made these cookies, and I halved the recipe—1/2 egg 😉 but I’m so glad I did. They are delicious and I would have eaten the whole batch! Great recipe. I love that it’s a bit of a change from everyday cookies that are chocolatey. And since they are made with fruit, they are healthy too, right? Thanks for the recipe!

    • I’m so happy to hear you made and enjoyed these, Caitlin 🙂 I absolutely think they are healthy with all the orange in there! I hope you’ll keep visiting and trying new recipes 🙂

  12. Hi Laura! These cookies look absolutely beautiful… buttery, crisp and sweet with some citrus acidity! Have you tried this recipe with any other citrus? I have a glut of Tahitian limes at the moment and might give them a go using your recipe as the base. Hm, might need to adjust the sugar… 🙂 Thanks for sharing! (from another Laura!)

    • Thanks, and thanks for visiting, Laura! Always fun to hear from another Laura 🙂 I haven’t tried the recipe with other citrus, but I think it would be pretty flexible. I would definitely add more sugar if using limes or lemons. And if you’re okay with raw eggs or use the pasteurized ones, I would recommend taking a little taste of the batter to make sure it’s not too tart before going in the oven. Let me know if you try them and how they turn out!

  13. about how much clementine juice do you need for the frosting?

    • Hi Caitie! It really depends. I would suggest starting with a tablespoon or two and adding more until you are happy with the consistency of the frosting. I hope you like the cookies 🙂

  14. These cookies taste amazing! Any suggestions on how to make them spread? Mine ended up being little clouds. They were very good but I was expecting them to thin out. I may have beat the butter and sugar too long. Overall, they were very good though. Liberal icing was needed and glad I did it 😉

    • Hi Dominick! I like thick cookies, but if you want them flatter, I would just pat them down gently before you bake them or even right after they come out of the oven.


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