Orange Spiced Gingerbread Cookies
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
03 hrs 30 min



2/3 cup light molasses

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    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.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  3. STEP 3

    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.

  4. STEP 4

    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..


3Fat (mg)
15Cholesterol (mg)
70Sodium (mg)
18Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)


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  November 20, 2015

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.

— says Stephanie
  November 22, 2008

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!!!

— says Lily
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