Orange Spice Crackle Cookies

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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Molasses-glazed trout a speedy supper for busy families

molasses-glazed trout with orange and thyme

How to eat well on the run

Busy families don’t always take time (have time?) to sit down and enjoy a great meal before running off in all directions.

Such is life, but you don’t always have to sacrifice supper to the soccer gods. With a little planning (and may be help from the kids) you can put a great meal on the table in under 30 minutes and still get to practice on time.

This is one of those Tuesday night suppers that is dinner party worthy. The marinade is quick to mix up and few foods cook faster than fish.

It means that we can eat well and still get my daughter to soccer practice on time. No rushed supper and no eating in the car on the way to the field.

Life should be so easy…

Molasses-glazed trout with orange and thyme

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • Zest from one orange

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme or 1 ½ teaspoons of fresh thyme, chopped

  • A pinch of sea salt

Enough trout for 4 people.

  1. Combine all ingredients, except trout.
  2. Brush glaze on fillets, coating well, and bake in a 450 F oven for about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven, brush with glaze and return to oven until done to your liking.

Looking for more speedy suppers? Try our Five-spice glazed salmon



molasses-glazed trout with orange and thyme