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Chewy Ginger Cookies with Sweet Orange Glaze


Chewy Ginger Cookies with Sweet Orange Glaze

Someone needs to get these cookies out of my face.

They are like chewy little gingery orange bites of addictive… I mean they basically taste just. like. Christmas.

I love them. And I can’t seem to keep myself away from the cookies.

I don’t feel much like eating here lately. Just snacking. And typically my snacking would include healthy things like apples or carrots or almonds or pretzels. But not when there’s a plate of soft ginger cookies lingering on my table. That is like tempting fate.

So I did what any responsible mommy does when faced with a cookie challenge: I pawned these cookies off on Chad and the kids. I’d like to say I was glad to see them go, temptation-wise and all… but I wasn’t.

I actually contemplated making them again. That’s a bad idea, right?

Anyway… this week has been strange. I’ve been totally consumed with cleaning up and cleaning out… call it Christmas nesting or something. Trying to make room for all the stuff I know is gonna have to have a home in the next week or two (P.S. if anyone has a clever way to store Hot Wheels car tracks puh-leez let me know because ohmygosh I hate them but if I accidentally on purpose misplace them Evan will KNOW), and get rid of all the stuff my boys have outgrown/will never ever miss (unlike Hot Wheels tracks. Gah.). UPS is religiously leaving happy packages on my porch. Who knew that shopping in my pajamas on the sofa with coffee could be so much fun?

Evan wrote a letter to Santa Claus. He is very focused on either a bell from a reindeer or an elf hat. This is serious business.

Oh! And I’ve amassed a collection of Christmas cards in the mail this week. I love Christmas cards. It’s so great to get something besides a bill in the mail. The weird part: one very beautiful Christmas card came from one of my dearest friends. Except there was nothing personal written anywhere on the card. Like the card I get from the dentist’s office was more heartfelt and personal. Also my last name was wrong on the envelope. And the whole thing just felt kind of… well… un-Christmas-friend-ey.

But powdered sugar fixes most things, especially this close to Christmas. So I stored that super weird card away for later thoughts, perhaps involving spirits of some kind?, and made a sweet orange glaze frosting.

It is AWESOME. I think Santa would dig it.

These cookies kind of remind me of those little frosted ginger snaps you can buy, except exponentially more wonderful because they are  a)soft, b)chewy, c)homemade, and d)I can pronounce all the ingredients. They would make really great gifts. In fact, if someone would make these and stack a few up in a cookie tin for me… I mean that would really make my day.

Chewy Ginger Cookies with Sweet Orange Glaze

Like Christmas portion control.

Also cookies definitely say, “We’re friends.”

Chewy Ginger Cookies with Sweet Orange Glaze

Chewy Ginger Cookies with Sweet Orange Glaze
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Serves: 36
  • 2¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar (for rolling the dough in before baking)
  • 2¾ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.
  3. In another bowl beat the butter and granulated sugar until it's light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and then the molasses.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture about ⅓ at a time, mixing after each addition.
  5. Scatter the remaining ¼ cup of granulated sugar onto a plate.
  6. Roll the dough into 1½ inch balls and then roll each ball in the sugar on the plate. Space the cookies about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let them cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet.
  8. While the cookies bake make the glaze. Sift the powdered sugar into a large bowl and whisk in ¼ cup of the orange juice until the icing has a smooth texture. Add more juice in 1 teaspoon at a time as needed to thin the frosting a bit (after you've frosted a few cookies the glaze will start to harden; I add a little juice, stir, and continue frosting as I go) as needed.
  9. Stir the orange zest into the glaze.
  10. You can frost these cookies as soon as you take them from the cookie sheet-- if fact it's easier that way!
  11. Let the glaze set before stacking or your cookies won't be so pretty. Wax or parchment paper in between cookies helps.

(cookie recipe from THIS recipe at A Taste of Home… glaze recipe from my Christmas brain)

We are such good friends that I gave you a whole page full of cookies!! Better than a card, eh?

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Thursday 3rd of December 2020

A little too sweet even without the icing. An easy way to ice is hold the cookie upside down and while holding dip the top in the icing.

George Brady

Sunday 29th of September 2013

Heather, just found these frosted Ginger cookies, and I made some for our church coffee bar before I seen this recipe, I will make these next time with the icing, they look like they stack well that's a big plus for me. And if I knew your address I would send you some for Christmas. I usually make the Pfeffernuesse Cookies for Christmas shipping but look like they can handle the trip. I'm not in any business I just enjoy sending fresh baked goodies to my friends and family. You are one of my friends right?


Sunday 30th of December 2012

By the way...since I'm reading this and it's after Christmas I will need an excuse to make these cause these look SO delicious I love ginger cookies!!


Sunday 30th of December 2012

Heather you kill me lol I love that you gave all the cookies away to the boys and then wanted to make more haha So something I would do!!! lol I love your honesty!!! The card situation annoyed me for you...I mean it's like if you're going to send out Christmas cards take the time to get the names right and add a little one liner at the bottom I mean come on!!! Send them back a thank you with a big a$$ on the cover and inside it just says 'kiss it!' lol Just kidding that's not nice haha but I mean damn girl...annoying!!!


Sunday 16th of December 2012

I am happy to take these off your hands! Please feel free to send them my way.

And Christmas nesting? I love it. I'm totally getting rid of stuff in anticipation of what the grandparents will be sending Maya's way....


Monday 17th of December 2012

The pre-holiday clean out is crucial! Glad I'm not the only one afflicted by that neurosis. I would love to send you ginger cookies! Next year we should participate in a cookie swap or something-- really!!