Orange Spiced Gingerbread People
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

Food color, if desired

Decorator candies, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine molasses, brown sugar, 1/3 cup butter, egg and orange zest in 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).

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 375°F

  3. STEP 3

    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.

  4. STEP 4

    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.

Tip #1

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.


6Fat (mg)
20Cholesterol (mg)
110Sodium (mg)
33Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
2Protein (g)


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  March 06, 2009

very very good gingerpeople

— says sandra
  January 11, 2009

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.

— says Pauline
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