Ginger & Orange Cookies

Classic gingerbread Christmas cookies with a South African Flair and and sweet orange glaze.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 40 cookies
Author Stacey Eckert


  • 125 g ½ C butter, softened
  • 125 g ½ C shortening, softened
  • 375 ml 1 ½ C white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 10 ml 2 t orange essence
  • 45 ml 3 T treacle
  • 2.5 ml ½ t salt
  • 1000 ml 4 C cake flour
  • finely grated zest of one orange
  • 10 ml 2 t bicarbonate of soda
  • 10 ml 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 5 ml 1 t ground ginger
  • Orange Glaze
  • 250 ml 1 C icing sugar
  • juice of 1 orange strained
  • few drops of orange essence
  • warm water


  • Beat together the butter and the shortening in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until the butter has paled and the mixture is creamy.
  • Add the sugar and beat well.
  • Add the egg, orange essence, and treacle and beat for a few minutes more.
  • Sift together the salt, cake flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger.
  • Add the flour mix to the egg mixt and beat until the mixture comes together in a medium soft cookie dough.
  • Roll the dough into two balls and wrap with plastic wrap.
  • Chill overnight or for at least 2-3 hours before using.
  • Roll the dough out evenly on a floured surface or between two sheets of baking paper.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out the dough into shapes.
  • Transfer the cookies to a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray or lined with baking paper.
  • Bake the cookies in an oven preheated to 180˚C for 10 – 12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • To make the orange glaze, sift the icing sugar into a bowl.
  • Mix together the orange juice and the orange essence and heat gently.
  • Whisk the warm orange juice into the icing sugar a little at a time, until the mixture forms a thick glaze.
  • Use a little warm water if necessary to correct the consistency.
  • Place the orange glaze into a piping bag and use it to decorate the cookies
  • Recipe Notes:
  • Where the recipe calls for:
  • Treacle - you can use molasses
  • Cake flour - you can use general all-purpose flour
  • Bicarbonate of Soda - you can use baking Soda
  • ˚C is 350 ˚F or gas mark 6