Orange Spice Crackle Cookies

Servings: 36 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

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Don’t be deceived by appearances. Although these cookies look humble they’re full of flavour and texture – the perfect treat to share with friends.

orange spice crackle cookies with a lovely crinkle top

If you had to choose your all-time favourite cookie, could you do it? Could you narrow down your choices so that one and only one cookie emerged as the favourite?

These orange spice crackle cookies are definitely on my short list and this is why:

The cookies are beautiful to look at:

The cookie sparkles with sugar crystals and the crackly top promises great texture. One of my colleagues calls this sort of recipe earthquake cookies because of the lovely crackled surface.

The cookies have great texture:

Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. Who could ask for more?

The cookies have comfort-food flavor, with a twist:

Ginger molasses cookies are comfort food for me. There the sort of cookies that my grandmother used to make. These have the ginger and molasses nostalgia with the zest of an orange to take the flavor in a new direction.

orange spice crackle cookies with a lovely crinkle top

With all of the cookies that I bring into the office for testing this is the recipe that got the most rave reviews.

Don’t be deceived by appearances. Although this cookie looks kind of humble it is full of flavour and texture surprises and is the perfect treat to share with friends.

orange spice crackle cookies with a lovely crinkle top

Orange Spice Crackle Cookies Recipe


  •  3 cups flour, spooned in
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • Grated zest of one orange (about 1 Tbsp.)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, spices, baking soda and orange zest.
  3. In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar. Add egg, molasses and vanilla.
  4. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  5. Form into 1 ½” balls and roll in sugar.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until set.

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22 thoughts on “Orange Spice Crackle Cookies

  1. Mary Lomomd says:

    I plan to try these in a few minutes, Thank you.

    1. Hi Mary — I hope that they turned out well!

  2. Debbie says:

    Hi Bridget,

    I made these yesterday –they are delicious and made our house smell wonderful and cozy! Love how they are crisp on the outside and tender inside. I added the orange zest which added to their beautiful flavour! Put on your kettle because they pair nicely with a hot cup of tea. :D

  3. Tammy says:

    I made these last night, they turned out fabulous!! I didn’t have allspice, so I used a bit of nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice, these baked very well and evenly. thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hi Tammy, Thanks for the suggestion to change up the spices. Nutmeg sounds delicious with the orange.

  4. Jennifer says:

    My sugar didn’t sparkle and crack like yours in the picture. Was there a specific type of sugar you used to roll the dough balls? Love the flavor!

    1. Hi Jennifer, white sugar was used in the recipe

  5. J Lactin says:

    These are amazing!!! These will definitely be a go-to recipe from now on! Thx so much for the recipe :)

    1. Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  6. Pat says:

    Hi Bridget! About how many cookies does this recipe make? I need at least 21/2-3 dozen. These look delish!

    1. Dear Pat, This recipe should give you at lease 2 1/2 dozen. You can also roll the dough in 1″ balls (instead of 1 1/2″) to make the dough go further. Enjoy!

  7. Miriam.Allen says:

    Awesome recipe! ! Great taste…house smells delicious! A comfort go to cookie for sure!!

  8. Kristy Carleton says:

    I just made these today. I added grand marnier instead of vanilla for a super orange kick. They are amazing!

    1. Hi Kristy, That’s such a great suggestion!Great way to make them extra special.

  9. Cheryl Christensen says:

    Hi – I had these at a meeting last week, and want to add them to our Thanksgiving desserts if I can use a veggie-sub instead of butter for our dairy-free guests.
    I know everything is better with butter, but….. any comment?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Cheryl, Apologies that I’m too late replying to your message. You could always use shortening in this recipe. Enjoy!

  10. Maria says:

    Can this cookie dough be refrigerated and baked a couple of days later?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Maria, Yes, the dough can be refrigerated. It will help to develop the flavours too.

  11. BettyWalshBrown says:

    Listening to CBC this am,heard the treat of cookies you took in ,Did I hear 2Tablespoons of orange zest in cookies. looked up receipe states 1 Tablespoon.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Betty, As I recall I said “a full tablespoon of orange zest” but not sure how it came across on the radio. It’s such a lovely recipe!

  12. Nicola hurton says:

    Can you freeze the cooked cookies

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Nicola, Yes, these cookies freeze well.

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