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
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Orange Spice Crackle Cookies

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

Ingredients

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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

Instructions

  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

Comments

  • November 30, 2020
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    Nicola hurton

    Hi,
    Can you freeze the cooked cookies

    • December 1, 2020
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      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Nicola, Yes, these cookies freeze well.

  • November 25, 2020
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    Connie

    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
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      Crosby Molasses

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

  • December 19, 2019
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    BettyWalshBrown

    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
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      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
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    Maria

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

    • December 19, 2019
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      Crosby Molasses

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

  • November 20, 2017
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    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
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      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
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    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
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      Hi Kristy, That’s such a great suggestion!Great way to make them extra special.

  • December 15, 2016
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    Miriam.Allen

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

  • November 19, 2016
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    Pat

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

    • November 21, 2016
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      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
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    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
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    Jennifer

    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
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    Tammy

    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!
    Tammy

    • December 9, 2014
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      Hi Tammy, Thanks for the suggestion to change up the spices. Nutmeg sounds delicious with the orange.

  • December 4, 2014
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    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
    Thanks,
    Debbie

  • March 20, 2014
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    Mary Lomomd

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

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