Snappy Ginger Cookies with Orange Glaze

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It’s spring and everyone’s feeling frisky.  Before I go into a coma from Easter candy, I decided to make something old fashioned and spicy.  Gingersnaps (aka snappy ginger cookies) receive a bright makeover with an orange glaze.  While I made these cookies small, the recipe easily makes giant ginger cookies also.  Just increase the bake time.

Snappy Ginger Cookies with Orange Glaze

Makes 36 cookies


  • 2 1/4 C flour
  • 3 t ground ginger
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3/4 C butter softened (1 ½ sticks)
  • 1 C white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T orange juice
  • 1/4 C molasses
  • Extra white sugar for rolling

Orange Glaze

  •  Zest of 1 medium orange (about ¼ C)
  • Juice of 1 orange (about 3 T)
  • 2 T butter, melted
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 t vanilla
  • Optional- candied ginger


Line baking sheets with parchment paper

In stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar.

Add in egg, molasses and water.

Add ground ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, salt.  Scrape bottom and sides to ensure well combined.

Add flour.  Scrape bottom and sides to ensure well combined.

Refrigerate 2-3 hours.  This helps dough be less sticky.

Heat oven to 350.  Roll dough into 1 ½ inch balls in extra white sugar.  Set on cookie sheet.

Press down balls of dough with the bottom of a flat glass dipped in white sugar.  I ended up using a pickle jar and squished cookies until they were about 1/4 inch thick.

Bake 10-12 minutes.  Cool.

While cookies are baking, combine all glaze ingredients.  If the glaze appears runny, add powdered sugar at 2 T intervals until desired consistency.  If glaze is thick, add orange juice in 1 t intervals until desired consistency.

Spread out wax paper on the counter.  When cookies are cool, use a spoon to add glaze and spread it around, not touching edges.  Add candied ginger if desired.  You can also add sprinkles!  Leave cookies on wax paper, glaze will set in about an hour and harden completely overnight.

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Cookie recipe based on “Big Soft Ginger Cookies” by Amy1028 at


Anna Lookingbill

Anna Lookingbill

I'm a self-taught Betty Crocker. Food should be pretty, delicious and have sprinkles. Professionally I'm a clinical social worker. Follow me on Facebook and Pinterest- Sugar and Spice Baking Blog- for great recipes, amazing restaurants and culinary adventures.

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