Ginger Cookies with Orange Glaze


These are deliciously soft, chewy cookies. They are wonderful for Christmas plates and bake sales because they don't fall apart easily. Garnish with decorative pearls if desired.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
43 mins
24 large cookies


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • 2 tablespoons butter-flavored shortening (such as Crisco®)

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons orange extract

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Mix flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt together in a large bowl.

  3. Combine brown sugar, oil, molasses, egg, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour over flour mixture; mix until a dough forms.

  4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and arrange on ungreased baking sheets.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until firm, 8 to 9 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  6. Place shortening in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave until melted, about 1 minute.

  7. Stir confectioners' sugar and orange extract into the melted shortening. Mix in milk a little at a time until glaze runs smoothly off the end of a spoon. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spoon glaze over cooled cookies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

203 Calories
8g Fat
31g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 203
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 185mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 2g
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 82mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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