Spicy Orange Gingerbread Recipe

Spicy Orange Gingerbread Recipe

It’s my absolute favorite time of the year. The temperatures have cooled down and fall flavors fill the shelves. For Thanksgiving this year, I decided to mix things up a bit and make an orange gingerbread recipe. I wanted to take a classic gingerbread recipe and infuse it with yummy citrus to lighten the flavor.  Life has been pretty busy lately. I know I have been gone from the blog for a few weeks and it is nice to be back. I realized something needed to give. I could not run this crazy cookie business that we have, blog,  take care of my family and myself.  The past week I have been testing out recipes for the 2013 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  There are three different recipes I have been tinkering with: spicy orange gingerbread recipe, pumpkin butterscotch, or a dark chocolate cookie.   I decided against sending the gingerbread out to 3 random bloggers since not everyone likes gingerbread.  How do you feel about gingerbread? Are you are lover or a hater? One of my favorite recipes is a gingerbread cake with vanilla bean icing.

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Spicy Orange Gingerbread Recipe {Printable Version}


  • 6 ½ cups unbleached AP flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup butter {at room temp}
  • 2 tbsp. organic shortening {I use Spectrum}
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of molasses
  • 1/2 tsp. organic orange extract
  • zest of one large orange


  1. Sift together flour, spices, salt and baking powder and add to bowl. Use a whisk to combine.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix butter, orange zest and brown sugar on low to combine, then increase to medium speed until light and fluffy. About 2 minutes.
  3. Mix in eggs one at a time. Add in orange extract. Scrape down the bowl. Then pour in the molasses.
  4. Wrap dough in disk shape and let it set in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours OR roll out the dough and place in sheets on top of one another until chilled in the fridge. See our tutorial link for directions. https://thebakedequation.com/rolling-cookie-dough/
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out about ¼ inch thick or pull out your pre-made sheets and cut out your shapes.
  6. Let the shapes chill in the freezer for 10 minutes before baking.
  7. Depending on the size of your cookies you will bake for 10 to 14 minutes.  If you want a softer chewier cookie, cook for 10 minutes.

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The cookies are great naked or you can top them with your favorite glaze or royal icing. We use a vanilla royal icing on our cookies. If you don’t have a royal icing recipe here are a few links to some great ones:

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. What are you giving thanks for this season?

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Our family has been to too many funerals in the last couple of months.  We were talking at the dinner table last night about not taking for granted the little things.  We are so thankful for health, our close family relationships, and cultivating time to have fun and enjoy life.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.  If you love the helvetica cookie cutters, you can get them as Cakes by Ximena.






10 comments on “Spicy Orange Gingerbread Recipe

  1. Yankee Kitchen Ninja (Julianne) says:

    Love your addition of citrus to the traditional gingerbread flavor!

    1. Thank you so much. I love orange with spices so I thought I would give it a shot.

  2. Chequita Burgess says:

    These sound & look delicious. I’d love to try the recipe. Any idea how they would turn out by substituting more butter for the shortening? I don’t ever use shortening.

    1. Of course you can! Enjoy.

  3. Jacquee says:

    You can bet I’ll be throwing these down this weekend!! Love this flavour combo!!

    1. Eeek! I hope you enjoy them. They stay moist for a super long time too. Another bonus, I love the smell. I have a Christmas version that I am working on like I did for Thanksgiving.

  4. Ummm YUM?!?!?!? Missed your recipes! Glad they’re coming back. Can’t wait for the chocolate one you did for the swap!

  5. Paula says:

    I love gingerbread! I also love your addition of orange extract and orange zest. I bet they are delicious! Your Thanksgiving cookies are simply beautiful.

  6. I love these Melissa! The “Happy Thanksgiving” is beautiful!!

    Thanks for the link 😉

    1. hey beautiful lady! I hope you are having a wonderful day…

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