Orange Gingerbread Cookies Recipe (2024)

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Hey everyone, it’s Sierra here! Today I’m sharing with you a recipe for orange gingerbread cookies that is perfect for the holidays!

Who doesn’t love gingerbread cookies around Christmas? The smell of the warm spices baking in the oven wafting throughout the house is simply irresistible. For these orange gingerbread cookies, I added a slight twist to the classic gingerbread cookie by adding orange zest in the cookie and orange juice in the icing. The addition of orange adds just a hint of tanginess to the cookies to complement the sweet and spicy flavors, and it breathes new life into this timeless dessert.

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What makes a good gingerbread cookie?

It’s in the nameit should taste like ginger! Not as much as eating a knob of ginger, but there should be an unmistakable ginger flavor in every bite.

However, it would taste terrible if it just tasted like ginger. That’s where the rest of the warm, spicy flavors come in. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice all bring these complementary flavors that reduce the kick of the ginger while adding their own unique flavors. The resulting flavor is exciting and will definitely wake up your taste buds!

The texture of a gingerbread cookie should be crisp on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside. Too many store-bought cookies end up being hard and dry, so when you make these at home, make sure to not overbake!

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What’s with the orange?

The orange zest in the cookie itself and the orange juice in the icing add just a hint of vibrant and bright flavors to this otherwise warm cookie. I specifically chose orange instead of another citrus, like lemon, because it is the perfect balance of bright citrusy flavors and sweetness.

For the gingerbread cookie, I used orange zest because I didn’t want a very strong flavor, just the fragrance of the orange. For the icing, however, I used orange juice for a more intense orange flavor. This combination yielded the best texture for the cookies and just the right amount of orange notes overall.

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Before we get started, here are a few tips to help you get it right on the first try! This recipe is very easy and should turn out great no matter what, but with these tips, you’ll get the right texture and flavor every time.

  • Add the dry ingredients to the dough mixture in batches. I accidentally added all of the dry ingredients to the dough all at once, and I ended up with a dough that was way too dry to roll out. Make sure to add the dry ingredients about 1/4 cup at a time and fully incorporate it before adding the next batch.
  • When rolling the dough out, very lightly flour the surface. Just a small amount of flour should prevent the dough from sticking when rolled out. If you add too much flour, the cookie will end up too dry as the flour will get incorporated into the dough.
  • Don’t overbake! The cookie should be baked just enough so that the outside is crispy. Keep in mind that for that to happen, the cookie may still look a little soft when you take it out of the oven. Don’t worry, once it cools, it will harden!

These orange gingerbread cookies are so easy and are a great winter snack/dessert! Let’s get started on the recipe!

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Looking for more winter desserts?

  • Cast Iron Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Bourbon Frosting
  • Candied Pecan Bourbon Bread Pudding
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Babka
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Orange Gingerbread Cookies

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Recipe by Sierra ParkCourse: Dessert, SnackCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy



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These orange gingerbread cookies are the perfect winter dessert! They are crispy on the outside with a soft and chewy center, and they are brimming with warm spicy flavors. The orange zest in the cookie and orange juice in the icing breathe new life into this classic dessert by adding a hint of their bright and tangy taste!


  • Orange Gingerbread Cookies
  • 8 tablespoons butter (softened at room temperature; 112 grams)

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup unsulphured molasses

  • 1 egg (room temperature)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour (390 grams)

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice

  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (2 for more citrus flavor)

  • Orange Icing
  • 6 tablespoons confectioners sugar (45 grams)

  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tablespoon orange juice

  • Equipment
  • Mixing bowls

  • Stand mixer/hand mixer/whisk

  • Rolling pin

  • Cookie cutter


  • Orange Gingerbread Cookies
  • Sift the dry ingredients together into a large mixing bowl
  • Beat the butter in a stand mixer or mixing bowl with whisk/hand mixer until creamy. Do not overbeat as you will add sugar and beat more. This step is just to make sure sugar will incorporate better into the butterOrange Gingerbread Cookies Recipe (7)
  • Add brown sugar and molasses and beat on medium-low speed until combined and creamy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combinedOrange Gingerbread Cookies Recipe (8)
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients while beating on low speed (add about 1/4 cup at a time). Make sure the previous batch is fully incorporated before adding more dry ingredients. On the last batch, add in the orange zest as well and beat until everything is fully combined and nothing is sticking to the bowl. The end result should be slightly fluffy and not stick to your hands too much. If the dough is too sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time and beat until the dough stops stickingOrange Gingerbread Cookies Recipe (9)Orange Gingerbread Cookies Recipe (10)
  • Divide the dough in half. Form each half into a ball, then flatten into a disk. Wrap separately with cling wrap and store in fridge for at least 8 hours, or overnightOrange Gingerbread Cookies Recipe (11)
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Take out one disk of dough from the fridge. Roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Using your favorite cookie cutter, cut out as many cookies as you can! Orange Gingerbread Cookies Recipe (12)
  • Place the cut out cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before adding icingOrange Gingerbread Cookies Recipe (13)
  • Repeat with the second batch
  • Orange Icing
  • Sift powdered sugar in a bowl. Add the vanilla extract and orange juiceOrange Gingerbread Cookies Recipe (14)
  • Using a fork or small whisk, mix together until fully combined
  • Spoon or pipe the icing onto the cooled cookies. Enjoy!Orange Gingerbread Cookies Recipe (15)

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