Orange Spiced Gingerbread People

Orange Spiced Gingerbread People

Orange spiced gingerbread people - fun to make and decorate.

60 min. prep time
28 cookies
242 Ratings



1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2/3 cup light molasses
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel
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
Food color, if desired
Decorator candies, if desireed


Combine brown sugar, 1/3 cup butter, molasses, egg and orange peel in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add all remaining cookie ingredients. Beat, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Divide dough into 2 equal portions; wrap in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours).

Heat oven to 375°F. Roll out dough on well floured surface, one portion at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 4 to 5-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched. Cool completely.

Combine powdered sugar, butter and vanilla in medium bowl. Beat at low speed, gradually adding milk and scraping bowl often, until desired spreading consistency. Tint frosting with food color, if desired. Decorate cookies with frosting and decorator candies.

Recipe Tip

To pipe frosting, place into resealable plastic food bag. Cut tiny piece from 1 corner of bag. Decorate cookies by squeezing frosting through hole in bag.

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Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 190

Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 110mg

Carbohydrates: 33g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 2g

Recipe #7772©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

very very good gingerpeople
This recipe made enough gingerbread people for me to share among four families and have enough left to hang on my tree. Not having access to 'light' molasses, I compromised with treacle and had to substitute LAND O LAKES butter with Irish creamery butter. The dough worked well after chilling overnight and the 'boys' cut out easily. Baking was easy and those little people were quickly devoured by real little people. I'd recommend using this recipe for other occasions as well as at Yuletide.

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