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Orange Nutmeg Madeleine Cookies

soft cake like cookies infused with orange and nutmeg
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Continental
Servings: 40 cookies
Calories: 142kcal


  • 1 6 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped preserved nutmeg

Frosting Ingredients

  • 3 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon butter at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk optional


  • Remove 2 tablespoons from the can of orange juice concentrate and reserve for the frosting.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray with non stick spray.
  • In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy.
  • Add sour cream, eggs, zest orange blossom water and remaining orange juice concentrate. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Add flour in 3 batches, mixing well after each addition.
  • Using a scoop sprayed with non stick spray, Drop about 2 tablespoons for each cookie on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes, until bottoms are lightly browned.
    Soft Orange Cookies
  • Remove to a cooling rack.
  • To make the frosting, combine cream cheese, butter and orange juice concentrate. Mix well until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  • Add sugar one cup at a time, mixing until thoroughly combined.
  • Using a spatula, spread a thin layer of frosting on top of each cookie.


If you cannot source preserved nutmeg, just add some freshly grated nutmeg to the cookie dough.


Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 232IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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