Orange Spice Crackle Cookies

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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?

I know I could.

I’d choose these orange spice crackle cookies, 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

  •  3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Grated zest of one orange (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 1 teaspoon 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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6 thoughts on “Orange Spice Crackle Cookies

  1. Dianna Shore says:

    These were a big hit in my house!

  2. Dianna says:

    These got rave reviews at my house. I did add a little salt to the recipe.

  3. Lynn says:

    I made these cookies and they taste fantastic. Can someone please tell me how many calories per cookie?

    1. Lynn Purdy says:

      Lynn, Sorry for the late response. But each cookie has 177 calories using the formula of the recipe yielding 24 cookies. I am glad that you enjoyed them

  4. Mary Lomomd says:

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

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

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