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Orange Spice Gingerbread Cookies
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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 ounces white and/or dark chocolate, chopped, melted

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine molasses, brown sugar, butter, egg and orange zest in bowl. Beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add all remaining ingredients except chocolate; beat at low speed until well mixed. Divide dough in half; wrap each half in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  3. STEP 3

    Roll one-half of dough (keeping remaining half refrigerated) on well-floured surface 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

    Dip cooled cookies in melted chocolate. Place onto waxed paper to set.

Tip #1

If you want to frost these cookies instead of dipping them in chocolate: Combine 4 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 cup softened LAND O LAKES® Butter and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract in bowl. Beat at low speed, adding 3-4 tablespoons milk or until desired spreading consistency. If desired, tint frosting with food color. Decorate cooled cookies with frosting.

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