Chewy Ginger Orange Cookies

These Chewy Ginger Orange Cookies are a classic soft and chewy ginger cookie with a hint of orange zest. These flavorful cookies stay soft for up to a week!

These Chewy Ginger Orange Cookies are a classic soft and chewy ginger cookie with a hint of orange zest. These flavorful cookies stay soft for up to a week!I don’t know about you all, but I’m up to my ears in cookies of all sorts, candies, and fun holiday treats. My neighbors have been getting frequent packages full of assorted holiday goods on their doorsteps at an alarming frequency, and my candy thermometer has been getting used more than it had been all year.

Thankfully, I’m also starting to do some prep for January…which means some healthier recipes that will hopefully help balance out all the cookies and homemade marshmallows I’ve been eating. But for now…we’re still on delicious, sweet, and totally giftable chewy ginger orange cookies! I have so many recipes I want to share this time of year – it’s like the baking Superbowl :)

These Chewy Ginger Orange Cookies are a classic soft and chewy ginger cookie with a hint of orange zest. These flavorful cookies stay soft for up to a week!I can’t believe I’ve never post a recipe for ginger cookies before on this site. The closest I’ve come are these Cookie Butter Stuffed Soft Ginger Cookies, but those are a bit more decadent then the more simple ginger cookie I have for you today. Now – that is not to say those cookies are not absolutely amazing, just different.

I don’t use ginger nearly enough, but I’m finally starting to figure out how to use the bold, spicy flavor in baked goods in a way that isn’t overpowering. When used correctly and in the right proportions, ginger adds such an amazing flavor to baked goods. These cookies use ginger in two ways: powdered ginger and chopped up crystallized ginger. The crystallized ginger adds an extra layer of ginger flavor and the little bits add some chew to the cookies.

These Chewy Ginger Orange Cookies are a classic soft and chewy ginger cookie with a hint of orange zest. These flavorful cookies stay soft for up to a week!I also added orange zest…and guys – if you’ve never paired ginger + orange, you are MISSING OUT. The bold citrusy flavor adds so much brightness to the warmly spiced dough, and gives these cookies that extra oomph that makes them exceptional. I rolled the cookies in a mix of granulated sugar and Turbinado sugar to give a little extra sugary crunch.

These cookies also stay good for a ridiculously long time. In fact, it seemed like they got even softer the longer they sat in an airtight container – after a week, they were still great. <— that makes them absolutely perfect if you’re planning on sending out cookie packages to any lucky loved ones this holiday season. A bunch of these cookies in a box, sealed with a bow will gives anyone a big smile.

These Chewy Ginger Orange Cookies are a classic soft and chewy ginger cookie with a hint of orange zest. These flavorful cookies stay soft for up to a week!Make a big batch of these this holiday season to share with your friends, or just keep them for you and your family to enjoy. Be sure to seal them tight, and they’ll stay good for at least a week! You won’t be able to resist these soft and chewy ginger orange cookies. Enjoy :)

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Chewy Ginger Orange Cookies
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Serves: 2 dozen
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • Additional sugar, to roll dough in
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla extract, molasses, and orange zest. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the molasses mixture, stir together until completely combined, take care not to over mix. Place dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before forming balls to make it easier to work with.
  3. Roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an parchment-lined cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
These Chewy Ginger Orange Cookies are a classic soft and chewy ginger cookie with a hint of orange zest. These flavorful cookies stay soft for up to a week!


  1. I love ginger cookies! These look amazing – so chewy! Perfect for the holiday season.
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  2. I’ve never thought of doing a gingerbread/orange combo. These look so good, Rachel! And so inventive!
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  3. I bet your neighbors love you! Giving them all your delicious baked goods. I never thought about pairing orange and ginger together but it sounds delightful. Love how soft these cookies look too.
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  4. These ginger orange cookies are everything I love about a good cookie! They’re chewy, flavorful, and sound perfect for the holiday! I think I need a batch right now!
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  5. Love how chewy these ginger cookies look- and that zesty orange sounds so bright and delicious! :) Pinning!
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  6. Oh wow, I love the idea of adding orange zest to ginger cookies! That sounds like a fab combo.
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  7. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says:

    I love ALL cookies but I have a special place in my heart for chewy cookies. These look amazing! Ginger and Orange is a perfect combo!

  8. I can’t believe how soft these cookies look!! Holy moly I need one for dessert, like now. And I love that you added orange zest too! I’ve been having so much orange lately (mostly in the form of cocktails) I love all the oranges we can get this time of year!
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  9. I LOVE that you added orange zest to these!!! Soft ginger cookies are some of my favorites and these look absolutely delicious!
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  10. You have some lucky neighbors, Rachel! Ginger cookies are right up there at the top of my list of favorites, and I love the addition of the orange!
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  11. I’m definitely overflowing in cookies too, but that’s ok! These ginger orange ones sound delicious, Rachel! I would gladly eat an entire batch of these babies!
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  12. Ginger and orange is TOTALLY one of my fav holiday combos for sure! I seriously can hardly stand how ultra soft and chewy these babies look! So want one right now with my coffee. :)
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  13. It seriously is sweet and cookie overload over at my kitchen! I don’t know how I am going to eat all of this but I just get into the holiday spirit and I can’t help but bake things! I have never done orange and ginger together but I am seriously dying to try it! These cookies look great!
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  14. Oh these look super good I love ginger cookies they are my favourite
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  15. Thanks a lot for sharing your rcps with us .Plz give me a substitute for molasses if u can .All the best !

    • Hi Maryam, molasses is a pretty key ingredient because it adds a lot of flavor to the cookies, but if needed you can replace 1:1 with honey or pure maple syrup. Just remember the flavor will be affected by the change!

  16. Why are mine dark and the picture of your cookies are light? Wouldn’t the molasses make them completely dark. Anyway, they turned out awesomely delicious. I used orange oil in place of the zest. Mine turns out better at 11 minutes; anything before that didn’t seem to bake them thoroughly enough. Great recipe! Will make these again & again.

    • So glad you enjoyed them John! Sometimes different brands of molasses can affect the color – I just recently got a bottle that was MUCH darker than the kind I had before (but same type of molasses) and it really affected the color of the cookies I made with it. Thanks so much for your feedback – I always appreciate hearing about your results :)


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