Orange Spice Trees

Orange Spice Trees

Your family will love these gently spiced and orange-flavored cookies.

60 min. prep time
24 cookies
252 Ratings



2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon orange juice


1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
2 to 3 teaspoons orange juice


Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and pepper in bowl; mix well.

Combine sugar and 3/4 cup butter in another bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg yolk, molasses and orange juice; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed until well mixed.

Divide dough in half; wrap each in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

Heat oven to 350°F.

Roll out dough, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 1 3/4- and 3 1/2-inch tree-shaped cookie cutters. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until set. Cool completely.

Combine powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter and orange zest in bowl. Beat at low speed, gradually adding enough orange juice for desired frosting consistency.

Place frosting in small resealable plastic food bag. Snip 1/8-inch off 1 corner. Pipe frosting onto 1 large tree in zig-zag design. Immediately place 1 small tree on top of frosting. Repeat with remaining cookies.

Recipe Tip

- Adding a tiny bit of pepper to sweets can often spark flavor. Here, pepper complements the other spices and offsets the sugar without adding any perceived heat. Unlike many spice cookies, these crisp trees have just a hint of molasses and subtle flavoring, plus creamy orange frosting to hold them together.

- Remember when removing rind from citrus fruits to only grate colored portion. Avoid inner, white section that is bitter.

- Sandwich cookies can be made with any leftover small tree cookies and frosting.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 150

Fat: 7g

Cholesterol: 25mg

Sodium: 75mg

Carbohydrates: 21g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #12236©2002Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I have made these every year for 10 years or so. I got the recipe in a Land O Lakes holiday cookbook that I bought on a whim. These cookies are the BEST! I get requests to make these from the family every year. I also leave off the smaller cookie on top. The drizzle of icing is beautiful and simple.
I have baked these cookies for Christmas the last three years. The combination of spices makes for an absolutely delicious cookie! The aroma as they bake also makes them irresistible to try! I do not place a smaller cookie on top. I just drizzle the larger ones, and they look beautiful on a cookie tray.

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