Tangerine Butter Cookies

Even though it was in the 90’s this last week, I fired up the oven to bake these babies. Had to. I was craving it, and I’ve had it bookmarked for so long.

Tangerine Butter Cookies by Bakers Royale

I’ll admit the idea of a tangerine cookie was the first thing to hook me, but I bookmarked it because I was so curious to see how olive oil would bake up in a cookie. Olive oil in a cake is killer, and I use it often, but olive oil in cookies is new to me.

Tangerine Butter Cookies from Bakersr Royale

Let me just say, you need to make this! It’s killer—soft, tender, flavorful. For those of you who are curious about the taste–it’s rich in citrus flavor, without a hint of olive oil. It’s one of my new favorite new cookies, and one that I’ll be working into my holiday baking rotation. Yes, that’s right, it’s only August and I’m already thinking holiday baking and cookies—can’t wait!

Tangerine Butter Cookies via Bakers Royale

This recipe makes a huge batch, so I did  two different stamps on top and added a third variation of with a glazed topped and then sprinkled some citrus zest and lavender on top.

Hit the jump here to Better Homes and Gardens’ blog Delish Dish and to see what adaptations I made.

Tangerine Butter Cookies with Bakers Royale

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this recipe

Tangerine Butter Cookies

Yield: 84 cookies


3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 teaspoons finely shredded tangerine peel or orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon orange extract
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup almond flour
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup confectioner's sugar
2-3 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon orange extract
2 tablespoon tangerine zest
2 tablespoon lavender
1/2 cup sugar


Click here for the remainder of the cookie recipe. **I swapped out the cornmeal for almond flour, since I didn't have any cornmeal on hand.**

For the glaze: Whisk together sugar, 2 tablespoons water and extract. Add more water if needed. Dip cookies into glaze and sprinkle zest and lavender on top



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  1. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonThalia @ butter and brioche says

    curious to know what a tangerine cookie tastes like! these look delicious…

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      Tom @ Raise Your Garden replied: — August 6th, 2014 @ 3:29 am

      I agree I’ve never tasted one either and these pics are making me drool!

  2. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJessica @ Sweet Menu says

    Oooh amazing! I’ve never used olive oil in cookies before either, but these look lovely! I love all the cute patterns on top!

  3. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMedha @ Whisk & Shout says

    These look awesome and I’ve never seen tangerines in dessert before, yum!

  4. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonLiz @ Floating Kitchen says

    These are so beautiful! I love the patterns and the glaze. I haven’t used olive oil in cookies before (like you, love it in cakes), so looking forward to trying these out!

  5. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonSnappystreet says

    Oh wow, these looks so mouthwateringly good! I also can’t believe you’re already thinking ahead to holiday baking! Ha!

  6. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    I know I’ve said this on a million of your posts, but I think these photos are my new all time favorite. The colors and the light airy quality of the light. Just amazing. The delicate toppings and the designs in the cookies. LOVE IT ALL.

  7. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    These have to be some of the prettiest cookies I’ve ever seen, and I love the sound of the tangerine and olive oil! Pinning to try — these will be amazing for the holidays!

  8. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonPhi @ The Sweetphi Blog says

    WOW-these look absolutely gorgeous! I can see why you’d fire up your oven even in the heat to make these…I definitely wouldn’t mind a whole batch of these right about now :)

  9. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJodee Weiland says

    These cookies look absolutely delicious! I love the whole idea of a tangerine butter cookie…they look so inviting and full of flavor…thanks for sharing!

  10. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonChris @ Shared Appetite says

    Love these photos. So bright and airy… and the composition of the overhead shots are so interesting. Stunning!

  11. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    First off, these are stunning photos. Very lovely. Secondly, I love the idea of adding tangerine flavor. Pinning this for sure!

  12. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonCindy @ Pick Fresh Foods says

    I’ve have never used olive oil in cookies or cakes. I reserve that for cooking, but now you have piqued my interest and I want to try this out!

  13. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonKevin | keviniscooking says

    Naomi these look wonderful, whimsical and delicious! The olive oil, tangerine and almond flour sound like interesting baking companions all in one lovely cookie. Can’t wait to try these out, thanks!

  14. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonLindsey says

    I have never heard of tangerine cookies before, but these look amazing. Your photography and styling skills are enviable!

  15. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMatt @ Plating Pixels says

    These look so blissful and elegant, and your food photography captures this perfectly. I love baking with olive oil as well, and often replace vegetable oil with this as a healthier alternative.

  16. Avatar for Naomi Robinsonellie @ fit for the soul says

    The composition of the photos is beautiful!!!! And I can almost imagine how wonderful this tastes~citrus flavored desserts are my favorite and instead of making this right now, I wish you could share??? Too impatient, haha. I’ll bookmark this one for sure, Naomi!

  17. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJamie @ Anderson + Grant says

    These cookies sound amazing! I’ve featured the recipe on my blog today as one of my Friday Favorites. You’ve come up with such a unique idea to share!

  18. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJesse @ Straight to the Hips, Baby says

    These cookies are gorgeous! I have made orange flavored cookies for the holidays before, but never thought to use tangerine. Great idea!

  19. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJessica @ www.caretakerskitchen.com says

    These are darling! Definitely saving for Christmas gifts. Where did you find the stamps?

  20. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonTracy | Pale Yellow says

    These are simply and beautiful! I love the idea of adding tangerine to a butter cookie.

  21. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonLorraine says

    Hi I would love to make these cookies but was just wondering if I could substitute the 1/2 cup of almond flour with all purpose flour?

  22. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonKelly says

    Made these last night. LOVE the use of the olive oil. I think the swap of almond flour for the corn meal was a great move and thanks for the suggestion of the glaze. I could not taste the citrus flavor in the cookie as much as I would like so the glaze helps. Next time I would add more zest and tangerine extract. But very nice cookie. Yours of course look better than mine.