Fall Orange Ginger Cookies

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Hello fall!  It’s been a little while since I’ve posted but I came back just in time to start celebrating that wonderful but busy time of each year.

I’ve been interested in expanding on flavors and this time tried out a combo I wasn’t too familiar with.  For whatever reason, I wanted to do something with orange flavoring but not just plain orange.  After a little bit of research, I found out that ginger is an excellent flavor pairing.  Truthfully, it works out really well considering it is fall now and the flavor combination really suits this time of year.  Move over pumpkin spice, it’s orange ginger time.

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Another confession is that I really just experimented with this one.  I didn’t really know what to expect at the end of it but just dived right in anyhow.  I must say, I’m extremely glad that I did.  These are some of the best cookies I have made yet.  From several remarks of those who did get an opportunity to try one, they say they are perfectly flavored, sweet but not too sweet, soft, and too good to have only just one.

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I even had some myself and thought they were really, really good.  Pleasantly surprised is really the right phrasing.  I just give anyone who makes this recipe some advice: make sure you make a double batch.  These are cookies that will be great to have for future parties coming up and family get-togethers and you will want more than one as I have no doubt they will pleasantly surprise you as well.  You can change up the jimmy colors to fit your occasion too.

So let’s get fall started!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 stick of butter, soft
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ½ tsp orange extract
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp. black and orange jimmies

 

Directions:

Makes 24 cookies

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until well mixed.  Add in the eggs, one at a time and mix until well combined.  Add in the extract and zest and mix.  Dump the flour, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and baking powder mix into the egg and butter mix and beat until a dough is formed.

Once the dough is made, fold in the jimmies with a rubber spatula so that they’re evenly spread throughout.

On a baking sheet, drop teaspoon sized balls of cookie dough onto it. Give each about ½-3/4 inch of space.  You can fit 5 of these balls in a row, so about 20 for one sheet.

Place in oven for 8-10 minutes or until just ever so slightly golden looking.  Once done, remove from baking sheet and place on a cooling rack to allow them to fully cool.

Serve with a piece of your favorite Halloween candy.  Oh, and a glass of milk of course.

Cheers!

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