Orange Gingerbread {recipe}

Want to learn how to make these adorable ornaments?  Check back tomorrow for {part 2} of my tutorial on making cookie ornaments.  The possibilities are endless and they make the best gifts.  I already have two pages of notes on these in my “Little Black Book” of cookie ideas.

Today I tried a variation of my gingerbread recipe that was SOOOOO good, I had to share…

SweetSugarBelle’s Orange Gingerbread

SweetSugarBelle’s Orange Gingerbread


  • ½ c butter flavor Crisco
  • ½ c butter
  • ½ c granulated sugar
  • ½ c dark brown sugar
  • 1 ¼c unsulphured molasses (do like Giada says, and Pam it first. It pours much easier)
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1 tsp ornage zest (save the orange to flavor your RI)
  • 2 eggs
  • 5-5 ½c all-purpose flour (sometimes even six)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼- ½ tsp ground white pepper (optional for some, a must for me)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream together shortening butter and granulated sugar. To that, add the molasses and eggs.
  3. remember to crack your eggs into a separate dish and beat them a little before adding them to the mix so you don’t end up with egg shell or scrambled egg in your cookies
  4. Whip that until it’s light and fluffy…then sift all of your dry ingredients into a large bowl. When you get that all incorporated, use a measuring cup to add the dry ingredients about a cup at a time.
  5. This dough NEEDS to be chilled for AT LEAST an hour. Its sticky and wet, so if it isn’t cold, rolling and cutting is misery.
  6. To cut out the cookies, use flour and parchment paper. Working with small pieces of dough, dust the paper with flour and roll out to somewhere between a quarter and half inch. You will have to dust the top of the dough with flour also. If you want to freeze them a little before baking, that’s okay…Bake 375° for 9-11 minutes.


These smell and taste wonderful. I have saved a fortune in candles since gingerbread season began.

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  1. 11
    Loren Ebert says:

    You are just unbelievably *FAB.U.LOUS*!!!

  2. 12
    SusanK says:

    ???????? LOVE ????????

  3. 13
    kys says:

    They're amazing! I can't wait for tomorrow! Thanks for sharing ^-^

  4. 14
    Vtay says:

    Callye…..I lOVE these and hope I can try to make them. You have the best ideas and are so helpful….

  5. 15
    Elif says:

    I loved your cookies, gorgeous!!!!I myself decorate however with sugarpaste.Yours is real talent!

  6. 16
    Sue says:

    I madde the gingerbread last night- decorated and ate this morning. Great recipe!! I measured and weighted my flour- wound up using 28 oz, but i roll between wax paper, no extra flour, so the dough was a great consistency. Thanks!! I love the ground white pepper, used black before, but never white- great idea!

  7. 17
    BBDNP says:

    Love your site. Its great for us newbies! I love this gingerbread recipe, the orange flavor is just perfect. I rolled these out on Saran Wrap prior to chilling. Then just took off the top wrap, smoothed out the top of the dough and cut out directly on the bottom piece of plastic wrap. I could get my fingers under the sticky dough to transfer to the baking sheet without adding much more flour…..and didn't tear a cookie!

  8. 18
    Paula says:

    El año pasado me enamoré de estas galletas, este no van a faltar en mi arbol ;)

    Gracias por tu maravilloso blog y por tus galletas decoradas, son toda una inspiración.

    Salu2. Paula

  9. 19
    Laura Myers says:

    This is the best gingerbread recipe ever! I roll mine out thick so they are soft and yummy! I bought a gingerbread cookie not long ago at a local bakery, it was thin, crispy with no flavor!! These would kick there butt!! thank you soo very much!

  10. 20
    Kelly says:

    My family and I have never been fans of ginger bread. However, I recently decided to make gingerdead boys and girls and my son insisted I use gingerbread dough. I found this recipe and it was so unique knew I had to try it. I’ve never seen a recipe with orange and white pepper. Oh my goodness! This recipe is incredible!!! I ate three cookies right out of the oven, three more during the decorating process and started today off with one for breakfast! I can’t even begin to count how many my husband and son ate….and RAVED about! These are simply divine! Thanks for sharing the recipe!