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RubySnap Judy Orange Cream Cookies. Soft citrus orange dough cookie topped with sweet orange cream cheese frosting. An orange cream lovers dream cookie!

There’s a little hidden gem in a small shop right outside of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah that sells unique cookies that keeps me coming back for more. It’s called RubySnap and they have quite the following. We have a tradition of traveling to Park City every October to watch a football game and see actual leaves change colors. It’s a rite of passage to visit RubySnap to get our cookie fix when we are in town.

Last time we were there, I brought all of my brothers along with me. We are all crazy foodies! We sampled almost every single flavor and went home with two large boxes of cookies. My Dad was shaking his head at our antics. I told him that he raised us to love good food! After partaking way too many cookies, we voted on our favorites and since then, I am have been busy in the kitchen trying to replicate their famous cookies. This copycat recipe took some trial and error in the kitchen and I think we finally nailed it!

RubySnap Judy Orange Cream Cookies are the first copycat recipe that I will be sharing on Modern Honey.

Stay tuned for more cookie copycat recipes!

RubySnap Judy Orange Cream Cookies. Soft citrus orange dough cookie topped with sweet orange cream cheese frosting. An orange cream lovers dream cookie!

This RubySnap Judy Orange Cream Cookie starts with a citrus orange dough using fresh orange zest and a touch of sour cream.  Adding cornstarch and baking powder creates a soft cookie that stays that way.  This Orange Cream cookie is topped with a sweet orange cream cheese frosting made with butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and orange zest. It’s like eating a creamsicle in cookie form.

It may be a shocker but I am not a huge kitchen gadget person. I don’t have a pineapple corer, an apple peeler, or any of those specialty kitchen helpers. But I have to say that I love my zester and use it ALL of the time. I used a grater before but it grate some of the bitter white parts of the citrus and completely change the flavor of the dishes.  This is the one that I picked up years ago — my favorite zester.

RubySnap Judy Orange Cream Cookies. Soft citrus orange dough cookie topped with sweet orange cream cheese frosting. An orange cream lovers dream cookie!

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RubySnap Judy Orange Cream Cookies

By: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey
Soft citrus orange dough cookies topped with sweet orange zest cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 24


  • 1 cup Butter softened
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Zest
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Sweet Orange Cream Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup Butter softened
  • (1) 8-ounce pkg. Cream Cheese softened
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Orange Zest


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy -- about 4 minutes.
  • Add eggs, sour cream, and orange zest and cream together.
  • Stir in flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.
  • Chill dough for at least 30 minutes.
  • Roll dough into balls and drop dough onto cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 11-14 minutes.
  • To make sweet orange cream cheese frosting:
  • In medium bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Stir in powdered sugar and orange zest. Spread or pipe over cooled cookies.
  • Garnish with orange zest.


Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Keyword: orange cookies
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RubySnap Judy Orange Cream Cookies. Soft citrus orange dough cookie topped with sweet orange cream cheese frosting. An orange cream lovers dream cookie!

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  1. I love this recipe, I make it a few times a year, sometimes, I add sultana raisins and they go great with all the other ingredients

  2. 5 stars
    These cookies are delicious. The cream cheese in the icing enhances the buttery orange flavor of the icing and overall cookie.

  3. 5 stars
    I pinned this recipe a while back and just made these cookies yesterday. My only complaint is that I didn’t make them sooner! My mom makes a special breakfast every year on Christmas called Orange Breakfast Ring, and these taste like that in cookie form. They are amazing. I can’t wait to share them with my family. These cookies are amazing!

  4. Do these cookies need to be refrigerated after putting on the orange cream? I need to make them a day or two ahead of time.

    1. 5 stars
      They refrigerate and freeze well. I usually make a double batch of dough and use it over a few weeks time. Just make sure to roll the dough into balls before freezing it. I usually line the balls up on parchment paper, roll the row over to cover the dough, add another row, and repeat. You can take them straight from the freezer into the oven as long as you flatten the balls slightly before baking.

      They also keep well once baked and iced. The corn starch in the dough keeps the cookies soft for days.

  5. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe! These cookies are always a hit when I make them for events. With a sweet creamy frosting swirled across the top, these delightful cookies keep everyone coming back for seconds-and thirds. Even though I’m a harsh critic, especially when it comes to my standards for baked goods, I can never resist these cookies and always end up eating more of them then I planned to, just like everyone else who indulges in them. They’re surprisingly easy to make. I like to make the dough a week or two in advance, freeze it, then bake the day of. Since the icing takes a while to set up, I usually try to ice them at the location where I’ll be serving the cookies. If you need a baked good that will be sure to garner compliments, these cookies will not disappoint!

  6. Hi! I’m doing a cookie exchange and wondered: Can these be made the night before and still hold the fluffiness? Or will the fridge make them too hard?

  7. Melissa, these Orange Cream Cookies look delicious, but one question….I do not use Cream Cheese in anything, do you have alternate frosting?

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Christine! That is a great question. You can substitute butter for the cream cheese and it will still turn out fantastic. – Melissa 🙂