Orange Ginger Cookies

Congratulations to Jen Swayne, our 4th place Day 2 winner for her amazing Orange Ginger Cookies that everyone in our house gobbled up. I've never tasted a cookie so unique and perfect for the holidays! I hope you enjoy your KiddieBlanket Toasty Fleece Blanket!

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Orange Ginger Cookies (Makes 3 Dozen)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 Cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 Cup butter, softened
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar, plus 2 Tbsp sugar for coating
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 Cup molasses
  • 2 Tbsp Orange Zest
  • 2 Tbsp Orange Juice, fresh squeezed

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Sift together the first 7 ingredients and set aside.
3. In a large bowl using a hand mixer or standing mixer, cream together butter and 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy (about 1-2 minutes).
4. Add egg to the creamed butter mixture and beat another minute until combined.
5. Add molasses, orange zest and juice and combine.
6. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet until they are all incorporated. Chill dough for one hour.
7. Shape dough into 1-inch balls then roll them in the remaining 2 tbsp of sugar.
8. Place the balls onto a silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet and slightly flatten using the palm of your hands (make sure cookies are placed about 2 inches away from each other since they will widen when baking)
9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
10. Cool and serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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17 comments

  • Michelle

    Can you substitute agave nectar for the sugar?

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    • Sharon

      Agave nectar isn't a health food it turns out. Throw it away. Do your research. I threw mine away. Now I have raw honey as a sweetner.

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    • Catherine

      Not sure how it will hold up, since you need the dough to be stiff and the honey or agave might make it loose.

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  • Boiled Sweets

    Really? I always thought they were good. I need to research on them too. Anyway, I really like the subtle brown color of those cookies. They're so perfect.

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  • Ludovica

    I made them as Christmas gift for relatives....they are DELICIOUS!!! They have also such an \"elegant\"taste so cool for gifts ;-)

    I substituted honey instead of molasses. They turned out perfectly!

    Thanks Catherine and Jen!!!!!!

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  • Kathryn

    Thanks all for reporting back on the sweetener use. I'm gonna try these later in the week with honey.

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  • Grandma

    Dear Catherine~
    What is your take on the Agave Nectar? Healthy or not?

    Thanks for all you do...love your site...Missouri Grandma

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    • Catherine

      I've done a TON of research, talked to Doctors, chefs, nutritionist, etc..and here's what I'm recommending and living by with my family. When it comes to sugars, everything in moderation. I wish that agave was a true \"get out of jail free card\". Most of the sweet recipes online and in cookbooks use white and brown sugar, so I try to use different sweeteners like agave, rice syrup, honey, etc.. in my recipes to offer a choice. I love agave for it's neutral flavor, smooth texture and sweet taste. We use agave a lot of the time in our house, but sometimes we want a traditional cookie with sugar or white cupcakes which can't be made with anything, but white sugar. I tested them with different type of sweeteners, but they just weren't any good. When I make lemonade, I love using agave. It's just about finding that balance.

      One of my chef friends who owns a restaurant that serves 80% of the food from his farm said that there's a council for everything. The dairy council, the sugar council, meat etc... There are articles saying that agave is the best thing in the world and others that say it's the worst. This again goes back to balance!

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  • Holymojo

    Made these for Santa. :) I'm pretty sure he's going to love them!

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  • Karen

    Can these be frozen or maybe freeze the dough?

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  • Beth

    Perfect!! Just made these and they were delicious.

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  • Michelle

    These cookies were a hit!

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  • Theresa

    How much fresh ginger could I substitute for the ground ginger?

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  • Canada

    These were delicious! Making these as Xmas gifts. Wondering if I can reduce the sugar but 1/2 cup? Will that change the texture of the cookie?

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    • Catherine

      Yes, the texture will change a bit, but I think it is definitely worth a try!

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