orange spice crackle cookies

Orange Spice Crackle Cookies

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.

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 our short list and this is why:

  • The cookies are beautiful to look at: the cookies sparkles with sugar crystals and the crackly top promises great texture.
  • 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 us.  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

Orange Spice Crackle Cookies

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4 from 2 reviews

These orange spice crackle cookies are crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. Classic molasses ginger crinkle cookies made lively with orange zest.

  • Author: Crosby Molasses
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 36 1x
  • Category: cookies


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  • 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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orange spice crackle cookies with a lovely crinkle top


  • December 28, 2023


    I’m sure it was operator error but mine turned out pretty dry. I tried to ” save” them by frosting them with icing made of butter, powdered sugar and orange juice, but with them having been rolled in sugar already the icing made them too sweet. I’m going to try making them again and next time use my timer- I may have baked them too long. Even half a minute over can ruin a batch of cookies.

  • December 2, 2023


    These cookies are SO good! and so easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly as is and these were such a crowd-pleaser. Will definitely be adding this cookie to my holiday cookie boxes! :) thank you!!

  • November 30, 2020

    Nicola hurton

    Can you freeze the cooked cookies

    • December 1, 2020

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Nicola, Yes, these cookies freeze well.

  • November 25, 2020


    Just baked a batch of these cookies. They seem to flatten out and deflat when cooled. Tastes good but I feel the addition of a teaspoon of baking powder and 1/4 to 1/3 cup more if flour would solve this issue.

    • April 8, 2021

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Connie, I hope you had the chance to try these cookies again.

    • November 12, 2022


      Yeah they also don’t scale the flour for the recipe if you do a 2x or 3x batch

  • December 19, 2019


    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.

    • December 19, 2019

      Crosby Molasses

      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!

  • December 15, 2019


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

    • December 19, 2019

      Crosby Molasses

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

  • November 20, 2017

    Cheryl Christensen

    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?

    • November 30, 2017

      Crosby Molasses

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

  • December 23, 2016

    Kristy Carleton

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

    • January 19, 2017

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

  • December 15, 2016


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

  • November 19, 2016


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

    • November 21, 2016

      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!

  • April 30, 2016

    J Lactin

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

  • December 21, 2015


    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!

  • December 9, 2014


    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!

    • December 9, 2014

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

  • December 4, 2014

    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

  • March 20, 2014

    Mary Lomomd

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

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