Orange Ginger Cookies

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Orange Ginger Cookies – a zesty twist on a classic! These warmly spiced cookies include molasses, ginger and orange zest and are soft and chewy. Perfect for a Christmas cookie tray!

Well, here are we on Christmas Eve, and I am only just now sharing another cookie recipe. These last few weeks have been crazy busy, and so I am looking forward to the quieter days ahead.

One of my favourite things about this time of year is all of the delicious holiday baking! Basically, I love any excuse to indulge my sweet tooth. There are just so many Christmas cookie recipes I want to make every year! I always love sticking to some of my time-honoured favourites, but enjoy trying new ones each year too.

Orange Ginger Cookies with cinnamon sticks and strips of orange zest

This year, I knew I wanted to try some ginger cookies but with a fresh twist – orange zest! I prefer a softer, chewier cookie too over a crisp ginger snap, and these cookies texture came out perfectly. I’m so excited to be sharing this new recipe with you!

A stack of orange ginger cookies

Tips for making Orange Ginger Cookies

These cookies are simple to make but I do have some tips to share to ensure they turn out perfectly!

  • Chill the dough for at least two hours, or overnight. If the dough isn’t chilled the cookies with flatten out and spread too much while baking.
  • Don’t roll too big of cookie dough balls for baking. They do spread out while baking and if you make them too big, they’ll end up spreading into one another.
  • Use high quality spices if you can. Spices are what gives this cookie its flavour, so you want to use high quality spices for a better taste!

A pile of orange ginger cookies. One cookie has a bite taken ot of it.

If you’re looking for more Christmas cookie or holiday baking recipes, be sure to check out these recipes:

A few stacks of orange ginger cookies


A plate full of orange ginger cookies. The cookie on top has a bite taken out of it.

Orange Ginger Cookies

A zesty twist on a classic! These warmly spiced cookies include molasses, ginger and orange zest and are soft and chewy. Perfect for a Christmas cookie tray!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Chilling time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 22 minutes
Course: Baking, Dessert
Keyword: Cookies, Ginger Cookies, orange
Servings: 2 dozen


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling


  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together the melted butter, 1 cup of sugar, and egg until smooth.
  • Stir in molasses, vanilla extract and the orange zest.
  • In another medium sized bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined. Cover, and chill dough for at least 2 hours, or up to overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Roll generous tablespoons of dough into a ball, approximately the size of a ping pong ball. Roll dough balls in remaining sugar. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

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