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pile of orange cookies

Orange cookies

  • Author: Amélie
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Turkish


Turkish orange cookies (portakallı kurabiye) are a cross between a small cake and a cookie and they are de-li-cious!  A kurabiye is slightly crumbly with crispy edges but its inside is oh so very soft, it will melt in your mouth.


  • 450g flour (3 ¼cups)
  • 11g baking powder (1 tbsp)
  • 125g butter, softened at room temperature (4.5 oz)
  • 160g caster sugar (¾ cup + 1 tbsp) , plus extra for decoration
  • 50g Turkish or Greek yogurt (3 tbsp) , or use milk
  • 2 big oranges, zested
  • 100ml orange juice (⅓ cup + 1 tbsp), freshly pressed after having zested the oranges


instructions for orange cookies

  1. Sift together the flour and baking powder into a bowl.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 min.
  3. Add the milk, orange zest and juice and beat again for 1 min. Don’t worry if it looks grainy, the dough will come together with the flour.
  4. Add the flour mixture in three equal parts and beat until combined (use a spatula or a wooden spoon if needed near the end). The dough should be stiff, malleable and only slightly sticky.
  5. Roll the orange cookie dough into 12 balls, about 73g (2.5oz) of dough each. These are big crumbly cookies we’re baking! Refrigerate the balls for 1h before moving on with the recipe if you want to prevent the orange cookies from spreading at all while baking.
  6. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Pour 3 tbsp of caster sugar on a small plate.
  7. Roll the dough balls in sugar. Place the balls 4cm (1 ½ in) apart on the lined baking sheets. Score the top of the dough balls with a cross pattern using scissors.
  8. Bake the orange cookies for 20 min, until lightly golden brown. They will still be a little bit soft so allow them to cool for 10 min on the baking sheets. Then place the cookies on wire racks to cool completely.



These orange cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days but they will get softer over time.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 280
  • Fat: 8.8g

Keywords: turkish cookies, orange cookies, soft cookies