Orange Spice Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Orange Spiced Gingerbread Cookies

Traditional cut-out gingerbread cookies are spiced with grated orange peel for a subtle new taste.

60 min. prep time
48 cookies
252 Ratings



2/3 cup light molasses
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt


4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 to 4 tablespoons milk


Combine molasses, brown sugar, 1/3 cup butter, egg and orange zest in bowl. Beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.

Heat oven to 375°F.

Roll out dough on well-floured surface, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 3 to 4-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched. Cool completely.

Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter and vanilla in bowl. Beat at low speed, adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. If desired, tint frosting with food color. Decorate cooled cookies with frosting..

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 100

Fat: 3g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 70mg

Carbohydrates: 18g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #4762©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I have been using variations on this recipe for years. I make a double batch, but I use a dark molasses combined with equal parts orange blossom honey and golden syrup. I also use a dash of orange flower water in the frosting. The scent is HEAVENLY.
however. add a teaspoon of baking POWDER and the cookies will be soft. I love gingerbread cookies, I make them small, place in a small plastic bag and hang on the Christmas tree!!!

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