Orange Spice Cookies

These orange spice cookies are perfect for the holidays. They look plain but once you bite into them the amazing flavors just keep developing over and over. You'll not want to eat anything after these just so you can keep that taste in your mouth. That's how good they are. Try it for yourself and see.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
30 cookies


  • 1 ¼ cups dark brown sugar

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon molasses

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon orange extract

  • ½ teaspoon maple extract (Optional)

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 6 tablespoons grated orange zest, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Beat both sugars, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, and cream cheese together until creamy, at least 5 minutes. Add egg and mix well. Mix in molasses. Mix in vanilla, orange, and maple extracts.

  3. Stir flour, orange zest, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, cloves, and nutmeg together in another bowl until well combined and no clumps of zest remain. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir together just until incorporated; don't overmix.

  4. Drop spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, about 12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet briefly before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook's Note:

I used the zest of 6 oranges for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

131 Calories
5g Fat
22g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 131
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 43mg 1%

* 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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