While working on this recipe, I aimed for cookies with a rich butter flavor, a heady scent of spices, and a tangy, slightly sweet glaze. Baking the glaze for a few minutes gives it an almost crackly texture in your mouth.–Caprial Pence and Melissa Carey
Glazed Orange-Spice Cookies Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 35 M
- 50 M
- Makes about 30 medium-size cookies
- For the cookies
- 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- Finely grated zest of 1 orange
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- Pinch of salt
- For the glaze
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- A splash of vanilla
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- Make the cookies
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a sheet pan well and set aside.
- 2. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a mixer and beat on high speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl often, until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the egg and vanilla extract, and mix well.
- 3. Add the cream of tartar, flour, zest, spices, and salt, and mix on low speed until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough is smooth.
- 4. Remove the dough from the mixer and form it into a ball. If it’s too soft to handle, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it firms up a bit. On a well-floured board, roll the dough out to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Cut into shapes with the cookie cutters of your choice. Place on the prepared pan and bake 8 to 10 minutes.
- Glaze the cookies
- 5. Prepare the glaze by mixing the powered sugar, vanilla, and orange juice until smooth.
- 6. Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately brush each one with a good amount of glaze, then place them back in the oven and bake until the glaze starts to crackle and the cookies are a golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes more. Remove the cookies and let cool for about 5 minutes on the pan, then transfer to a rack or to paper towels and let cool completely.
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Testers ChoiceTesters Choice
Aug 23, 2001
These cookies are easy to make, packed with flavor, and taste fantastic. The dough came together easily and rolled out nicely. I did need to let mine sit in the refrigerator to firm up some, but it didn’t take long. Because I made these on a hot and humid day, I placed the remaining dough back in the fridge while the first batch baked to keep it from getting too soft. I started with a larger cookie cutter but changed to a smaller one after having difficulty spreading the glaze without tearing the cookies. Switching to a small cutter solved this problem. The cookie isn’t very sweet thanks to the spices, but it still satisfies your sweet tooth, and the flavor of the orange really came out after baking. While my youngest grandson didn’t care for the flavor of the dough or glaze separately, he loved the cookies. This is a recipe I’ll be making more often.
Glazed Orange-Spice Cookies Recipe © 2001 Caprial Pence and Melissa Carey. Photo © 2001 Edward Gowans. All rights reserved.