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Best Ginger Cookies with Orange Clove Icing

The perfect soft ginger cookie with sweet orange clove icing. A new Christmas favorite!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


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

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and molasses.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, and ginger paste, and whisk to mix.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the remaining dry ingredients, then gently stir into the wet mixture until well incorporated.
  • Using clean hands, roll dough into balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheets (12 balls per sheet).
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the surface is firm and just begins to crack. Cool completely before icing.

Instructions for the Icing

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


  • This recipe makes about 2 dozen standard size cookies or 4-5 dozen bite-size cookies.
  • If you don't have orange essential oil you can use orange zest or a small squeeze of fresh orange juice
  • The cookies will store well in an airtight container for up to 1 week and possibly longer without icing
  • These cookies can be frozen without icing, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, foil, and store in an airtight container
  • Keep the cookies in balls for a round and high cookies or flatten them slightly before baking for a flat shape
  • The amount of icing is to completely cover the cookies if you'd rather just drizzle the icing over you can half the amount
  • Make sure the cookies are completely cooled before icing