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Best Ginger Cookies with Orange Clove Icing
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
The perfect soft ginger cookie with sweet orange clove icing. A new Christmas favorite!
Author: Back To The Book Nutrition
Ingredients for the Cookies
Ingredients for the Icing*
  • 2 cups organic powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 2 drops Sweet Orange essential oil or orange zest to taste
  • few pinches ground cloves
  • * This amount of icing makes enough to fully cover the cookies. If you're just drizzling you could probably reduce the amounts by half
Instructions for the Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and molasses.

  3. Add eggs, vanilla, and ginger paste, and whisk to mix.

  4. In a separate bowl, stir together the remaining dry ingredients, then gently stir into the wet mixture until well incorporated.
  5. Using clean hands, roll dough into balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheets (12 balls per sheet).

  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the surface is firm and just begins to crack. Cool completely before icing.
Instructions for the Icing
  1. Once cookies are completely cooled, transfer them to wax paper for icing. Dip the cookies upside down into the bowl of icing, or use a pastry brush to coat each cookie with a thin layer of icing (I prefer the brush).

  2. Try to use just enough icing to coat the cookie without too much extra collecting on the wax paper.
  3. Allow icing to harden completely before transferring to storage container.
Recipe Notes