This easy orange glaze is a basic icing used to glaze cookies, scones, cakes, and more! This is by far the easiest type of orange icing to put together, with just three ingredients. Pin it for Later »

Orange Cranberry scone drizzled with Orange Glaze

Orange Glaze Recipe Overview

Orange glaze, is a simple powdered sugar glaze, made by combining orange juice and orange zest with powdered sugar. This orange icing can be used to drizzle over pound cake, quick breads, cookies, and scones.

This easy orange glaze is by far the quickest and easiest type of orange icing. After the glaze is used to ice baked goods, it forms a thin skin hardening the glaze.

How to Make Orange Glaze

Orange glaze can truly be made without a recipe by just adding some orange juice bit by bit to powdered sugar until the desired consistency is reached. That said, I find it usually takes a ratio of 3-4 parts powdered sugar to 1 part orange juice by volume to make a glaze that is thin enough to drizzle over baked goods.

Glaze drizzled off a spoon

How to Use Orange Glaze

Once your lemon glaze is made, it is best used within a few minutes. Drizzle the icing over scones, bundt cakes, or dip donuts in it to make glazed donuts.

If you do not use the glaze immediately, a skin will start to form on top, hardening it. If this happens, warm it for about 15 seconds in the microwave and re-whisk the glaze to smooth it out.

What to Put Orange Glaze On

Orange Cranberry scone drizzled with Orange Glaze
Yield: About 1/2 Cup

Orange Glaze for Cookies, Cakes, and Scones

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

This is a simple powdered sugar orange glaze (orange icing) that works well on scones, muffins, pound cakes, and cookies.


  • 1 cup (126 gr) powdered, confectioners, or icing sugar
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2-4 TBSP (30-59 ml) orange juice


  1. Whisk the ingredients together in a bowl until you have a consistency that can be drizzled. If it becomes too thin, you can add more powdered sugar to thicken it back up.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Allow to come back to room temperature and rewhisk before drizzling.