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Light and Crisp Orange-Spice Tea Cookies Recipe

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

Orange-Spice Tea Cookie Recipe

Orange-Spice Tea Cookie Recipe

Every year around the holidays, I bake cookies . . . lots of cookies. I like to give out an assortment of my home-baked goodies to family and friends. Because I make so many, I always try to find recipes that make big batches.

These orange-spice tea cookies fit the bill. One batch makes approximately 9 dozen, plenty for everyone.

Slightly reminiscent of ginger snaps, these cookies are not nearly as spicy. That is what I like most about them. Some ginger snap recipes are too strong for my taste, but not these. The orange adds a fresh twist, and the mix of spices doesn't overwhelm.

Delicious any time of year, and with a buttery crisp texture, these cookies are always requested, and they always make my annual Christmas cookie list.

Ingredients for orange-spice tea cookies.  I doubled the recipe because I needed a large amount of cookies.

Ingredients for orange-spice tea cookies. I doubled the recipe because I needed a large amount of cookies.

What do you think about this cookie recipe?

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 hours

5 min

10 hours 5 min

9 dozen cookies

*Please note that this prep time includes refrigeration overnight.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
Use a microplane to zest your oranges.

Use a microplane to zest your oranges.

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and add sugar slowly, beating until fluffy.
  2. While mixer is on, add the egg and corn syrup. Mix well.
  3. Meanwhile, combine flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and cloves in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients until well blended. Add in the orange rind.
  5. The dough is ready to be shaped and refrigerated (see instructions below).
  6. After refrigerating dough overnight, bake slices on cookie sheets at 400° for 5 minutes. Keep an eye on them as they burn very quickly.

Kitchen Tip: Invest in Your Zest

Invest in a Microplane for zesting. It is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets and makes grating citrus rind incredibly easy and fast.

Preparing the cookie dough for baking is a snap. You can see the yummy orange zest and spices mixed in.

Preparing the cookie dough for baking is a snap. You can see the yummy orange zest and spices mixed in.

How to Prep the Dough for Refrigeration and Baking

  • Step 1: Divide the dough into thirds and place one third onto wax paper.
  • Step 2: Gently begin rolling the dough into a log shape on the wax paper.
  • Step 3: Continue rolling until the diameter is about 1 inch. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate overnight.
  • Step 4: When ready to bake, take the rolls out of the refrigerator and slice, about 1/8" to a scant 1/4" width.

Note: Don't skimp on the time the dough sits in the fridge. The flavors really develop overnight. Also, when ready to bake, only take what you need out of the refrigerator and leave the rest in. The colder the dough is, the easier it is to slice.

Baking Tip: Use Parchment Paper

A few years ago, a friend told me about parchment paper after I had a tray of cookies stick to the pan. I have never looked back.

Now I use it every time I bake a batch of cookies, and they never stick—no matter what kind of dough. Just cut the paper to the size of your baking sheet. The same sheet can be used 4 to 5 times, so it is cost-effective. Parchment paper can be found in the baking section of your supermarket.

Nice even slices make a perfect cookie!  Be careful not to leave them in the oven too long.  They burn very quickly.

Nice even slices make a perfect cookie! Be careful not to leave them in the oven too long. They burn very quickly.

Orange-spice tea cookies fresh from the oven.  For that perfect crisp texture, make sure to let them cool before you try them.

Orange-spice tea cookies fresh from the oven. For that perfect crisp texture, make sure to let them cool before you try them.

These crispy little spice cookies are a hit with everyone who tries them. They aren't very big, but you only need a few—preferably with a cup of tea—to satisfy your sweet craving. An added bonus is that one serving of three cookies is only 120 calories, so your diet won't be completely ruined if you eat a few.

With the flavor of fresh oranges and mild spices, this cookie is a good replacement if ginger snaps or gingerbread are too strong for your taste.

This recipe also makes loads of cookies, so if you need something for a crowd, it works well.

Try these orange-spice tea cookies for your next baking project. You won't be disappointed.

These delicious orange-spice tea cookies are perfect any time of the day.

These delicious orange-spice tea cookies are perfect any time of the day.

© 2013 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Janisa from Earth on April 01, 2018:

Interesting recipe. I am thinking of using lemon and grapefruit zest as well. Thanks for the idea to cut the dough prior to refrigeration :)

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 07, 2015:

My pleasure, Glimmer. I probably will sometime this fall. I'll let you know if and when I do...

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 07, 2015:

Hi Kristen - I hope you try this one. These cookies are really good and light. They are good for any time of the year. Thanks for checking out my recipe.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 06, 2015:

Glimmer, I would love to try this recipe, since it sounds yummy to make. Voted up for useful!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 21, 2015:

I love it when people come back and say they have tried a recipe and enjoyed it. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. They really are good and a nice light crispy treat with tea. Thanks for letting me know!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 19, 2015:

Just came back to report that I baked these last week and they are a big hit with our neighbors and some friends that have also gotten to taste them. They will definitely be added to my favorite cookie recipes. Thanks again for sharing them with us! :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 25, 2015:

Thank you so much Peggy W! I love those ice box cookies too. I think what I like most about them is that I can prepare the dough and then set it aside until I'm ready to bake which may be a day or 2 later. It's especially nice when I'm making Christmas cookies and am making a lot at a time. Thanks for the pin and share too!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2015:

These look and sound delicious! Your photography is great! The method is the same that I use for the old fashioned ice box cookies...the rolling and refrigerating part and then slicing and baking. Will definitely be pinning this to my cookies board and will give them a try when I bake all of my Christmas cookies to give away as gifts. Will be a nice flavorful addition. Thanks! Will also share this with others.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 24, 2015:

Hi missolive - How fun that you came across this on Pinterest. I always love it when that happens. I too love orange and these are good with tea. Have a great weekend!

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on April 23, 2015:

Hi there! I came across this recipe on Pinterest. I love orange desserts and recipes. These look great! I can't wait to give them a try with a cup of tea.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 27, 2014:

Millionaire - Hope you found time to make these lovely cookies. You'll find your house smells like orange and there is nothing better than these cookies with a cup of tea. Thanks for reading and commenting. Happy Thanksgiving!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 27, 2014:

Hi cclitgirl - These would be gone quickly in my office. Hope you like them. They are so nice and light. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for reading and sharing.

Shasta Matova from USA on November 26, 2014:

This looks delicious! I am so glad I found this recipe in time to make for tomorrow.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on November 25, 2014:

These totally make me think of the girls at work - I teach, but I also work in the office and these would be just so yummy to munch on while we all are sipping on tea and coffee. I'm going to have to try this!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 12, 2014:

Thanks PhDancer - I've never had orange chai tea so I'm going to have to try it. Hope you enjoy the cookies. They are always one of my favorites.

Sarah Fletcher from Adelaide on September 10, 2014:

Sounds yum! Reminds me of orange chai tea - hoping they will taste like that!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 27, 2014:

Thank you rajan - I hope you enjoy the cookies. They are so nice and light, perfect for an afternoon snack. I'm glad you stopped by to read and comment.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 25, 2014:

Just looking at them made me hungry. They look so fersh and delicious. I'll be trying these when I have collected the ingredients.

Thanks for sharing the recipe, GTF.

Lisa Roppolo from Joliet, IL on March 26, 2014:

Oh I bet vanilla ice cream would be heavenly with these cookies!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 26, 2014:

Enjoy them Lisa! Make sure to have a nice cup of tea with them or better yet, they are really good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Thanks for letting me know.

Lisa Roppolo from Joliet, IL on March 25, 2014:

I'm printing this out and making these over the weekend. Yummy!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 21, 2014:

Hi dearabbysmom - The orange flavor really makes these cookies stand out for me. Thanks for stopping by.

dearabbysmom from Indiana on February 20, 2014:

These look like they would rival the delicious little thin ginger cookies you can get in the drug store specialty foods aisle. Thank you for sharing!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 10, 2014:

Thanks VVanNess! I appreciate your kind comments. I still have a few in the freezer and after reading this, I'm going to dig them out and have some with tea. Thanks for the reminder and have a great day!

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 07, 2014:

I LOVE this recipe! What fantastic pictures! You make this look so easy. I can't wait to try them! Nice job!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 22, 2013:

Hi RTalloni - I have thought about dipping them into chocolate. I think they would be very good like that. Maybe some in dark chocolate and some in white chocolate. It would make a pretty presentation too. Thanks for reading and commenting. Happy Baking!

RTalloni on December 20, 2013:

Yum! These would be wonderful served with the hot fruit punch that we make every Christmas. Dipping half the batch into chocolate for variety on the cookie tray would add visual interest and extra taste, but I suspect these orange cookies stand well on their own.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 20, 2013:

Thanks so much KDeus! I appreciate all the support and I'm glad you like the recipe. Hope you give them a try.

Keely Deuschle from Florida on December 20, 2013:

These cookies look delicious! Shared and pinned!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 18, 2013:

Thanks Prithima Sharma - I appreciate it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 18, 2013:

Thank you Rae Saylor. I hope you enjoy the cookies.

Prithima Sharma from Delhi, India on December 17, 2013:

nice hub, thanks for sharing this beautiful hub

Rae Saylor from Australia on December 16, 2013:

Sweetbabyjeezus! Can't wait to try this :) Thanks for sharing! Voted up.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 16, 2013:

I am so happy you came back and let me know you enjoyed them DzyMsLizzy! Thanks. I always like it when people do that. I like snickerdoodles too, so maybe that is why I like this cookie so much.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 16, 2013:

Hi Fiona - I have never tried parchment with brownies. Thanks for the tip! I'm not sure what the taste would be with lemon, but you are probably right, would have to change the spices a bit. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on December 15, 2013:

Well, I made this recipe, found them deliciouis, and I put them out for my holiday party. Everyone liked them, and my daughter commented, "They are like snickerdoodles just with some orange added."

Now, I have to go look up what a "snickerdoodle" is. LOL

Fiona from South Africa on December 15, 2013:

I also love baking parchment - with my brownies it's essential. I wonder what would happen with this recipe if you added lemon zest instead of orange - I guess you'd have to play around with the spices as well.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

With the amount of cookies, I probably could send lots of hubbers these cookies LOL! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on December 11, 2013:

These look fabulous. Do you need my address for the cookie delivery?(grin)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

Thanks StephSev108 - I hope you like how the recipe turns out.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

Hi tillsontitan - I use the parchment paper over and it lasts for a whole batch of cookies so I save money. Thanks for all of the support and nice comments and good luck with your Christmas baking. I still have about 5 cookies to go!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

Thanks Prithima Sharma - Let me know how you like them when you make them.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

Thank you nArchuleta - I love cookie dough that slices. It makes it so easy to bake. I hope you give the recipe a try.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

Thanks so much Hezekiah. I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

Crystal - I'm with you, I love looking at great recipes on the internet and that is not a good thing when there are so many yummy looking treats. Thanks for reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

Hi prasetio30 - I'm glad you liked the recipe and appreciate all of the votes. I hope you mom enjoys it too.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

Sunshine - These definitely smell really good when they are baking. Thanks for stopping by!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

I appreciate all of the support DizzyMsLizzy - I hope they are a big hit at your holiday party. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

Thanks so much Susan - Parchment paper is amazing. I don't know how I lived without it, but no more. Glad you liked the recipe. Thanks for the sharing too!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

Thanks ChitrangadaSharan - I'm glad you find the recipe appealing and hope you give it a try some time. I appreciate your kind comments.

Stephanie Marie Severson from Atlanta, GA on December 09, 2013:

Thanks for the awesome recipe. I will have to make these.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 09, 2013:

Nice to see you again breakfastpop! Thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 09, 2013:

Hi FlourishAnyway - I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for sharing and reading!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 09, 2013:

Thanks so much purl3agony. I appreciate the support.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 09, 2013:

Hi Bill - Many thanks for the support and reading my recipe. These are a nice change from some of the more traditional holiday cookies. Of course, they are good any time of year too. Enjoy the holidays.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 09, 2013:

Thanks so much for the support Rebecca. These will be a good addition to your holiday baking. Enjoy the holidays.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 09, 2013:

I like orange with spices as well Alicia C. I've also thought these might be good dipped in chocolate, but it might spoil their delicate taste. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 09, 2013:

Hi Blonde Logic - You could cut the ingredients amount in half to make a smaller amount, or make the full amount and freeze some to use later. Thanks so much for commenting and reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 09, 2013:

Thanks very much Gail! I hope you give them a try and I appreciate your kind comments.

Mary Craig from New York on December 09, 2013:

Not only a great recipe GTF but so easy to make! Just slicing after they are refrigerated, it couldn't be simpler.

Thanks for the tip about parchment paper too. I was wondering if you could use it over.

Voted up, useful, interesting and shared for all the Christmas bakers.

Prithima Sharma from Delhi, India on December 08, 2013:

hmm yummy, great cookies, wanna try it once

Nadia Archuleta from Denver, Colorado on December 08, 2013:

Ooh, slicing. I have a great spice cookie recipe that doesn't use syrup, so it's tough to cut using cookie cutters. I might try rolling into a log and slicing. Your recipe looks delicious, though!

Hezekiah from Japan on December 08, 2013:

Looks delicious and quit easy to make, thanks for this.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on December 08, 2013:

Why do I torture myself by visiting hubs like this one? Sugar and flour are my foes. But these look yummy, yummy, yummy!!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 08, 2013:

Thanks torrilynn! I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe and stopped by to read and comment. Cookies are the best and these are one of my favorites.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 08, 2013:

Just looking at the pictures makes me hungry. I love the recipe and I'll show this hub to my mom. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up (useful, awesome, interesting).

Prasetio

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 08, 2013:

Sounds and virtually smells amazing!! Tis the season for lots of cookies!!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on December 08, 2013:

Sounds yummy! I must try these, indeed. I was wondering what I was going to make for this year's holiday party; now I know. Many thanks for sharing this recipe.

Voted up, useful, starred, shared and pinned. Oh yeah--bookmarked also! ;-)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 08, 2013:

Thanks KoffeeKlatchGals - You won't be disappointed with this recipe. I'm eating a couple right now with a cup of tea on this cold Sunday afternoon and they are just right. I appreciate your comments.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on December 08, 2013:

Parchment paper is the best! I never looked back after using it the first time too. Thanks for sharing your recipe, these cookies look amazing! Sharing on my FB page, this week is cookie week :)

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 08, 2013:

With the combination of ingredients, I am sure these are going to be excellent spice cookies. I love combining Cinnamon or dry ginger or orange zest in cookies individually. But combining cinnamon, cloves, orange zest and ginger all together sounds exciting to me. I am definitely going to try this one. This will be very healthy too for winter season.

The explanation, pictures and overall hub is wonderfully done.

Thanks, voted up and pinned!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 07, 2013:

Thanks for the support Jackie! These really are light and delicious and hopefully you enjoy them. Merry Christmas to you too.

breakfastpop on December 07, 2013:

All I have to say is YUM!

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 07, 2013:

These look delicious! Voted up and pinning.

Donna Herron from USA on December 07, 2013:

Love this recipe! Voted up and pinned :)

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on December 07, 2013:

Hey Glimmer Twin. Great recipe. These sound and look great. The layout, directions, all very professional looking. Great job. Voted up , shared, etc.... Have a great weekend

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 07, 2013:

These sound wonderful and unique. Orange spice cookies are new to me, and I am going to make some. Can't resist! Shared and pinned to Holiday Foods.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 07, 2013:

Hi Bill - Glad you like this recipe. It's busy around here this time of the year. Lots of family birthdays, the holidays etc.....but I still manage to bake some cookies. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 07, 2013:

Hi kidscrafts - I agree with you about the prep time. We don't have to worry about making the cookies right away when prepared this way. They can even stay in the fridge longer if something comes up. Glad you read the hub and commented. I appreciate it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 07, 2013:

I'm with you and citrus Teaches! There is just something so fresh about it. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great weekend.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 07, 2013:

peachpurple - You could half the recipe to make fewer cookies. I am not sure about substituting honey for the corn syrup, but you could try. I would think that a spice mix with similar spices would work too. Depending on the spices in the mix, the cookies may taste a bit different. Good luck and enjoy the cookies.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 07, 2013:

Thanks Bearnmom - I swear by parchment paper now. Hope you like these treats as much as I do. Have a great weekend.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 07, 2013:

I love the flavor of orange and spices, so this recipe sounds very appealing. Thanks for the instructions and the tips. This is a useful hub!

Mary Wickison from Brazil on December 07, 2013:

These do sound nice. 9 dozen though, there are only two of us here. I may need to keep this for when I am entertaining.

I love using orange or lemon in baked goods, it makes for such a fresh tasty surprise.

voted up and sharing.

Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on December 07, 2013:

Wow, those sound delicious! Thanks for the recipe! You did an amazing job with the pictures, too! Voted up and awesome.

torrilynn on December 07, 2013:

Seems delicious indeed. I love cookies and these seem perfect. Thanks for the recipe. Shared with others.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on December 07, 2013:

These cookies sound terrific. I've been looking for another great cookie recipes. Thanks to you I've found it.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 07, 2013:

I am with you, ginger snaps are a bit much although I love to smell them but these would be perfect and I love the orange spice tea so these have to be a winner! Thank you for sharing!

Voting up and sharing. Merry Christmas!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 07, 2013:

The name alone was enough to get me salivating. LOL I would definitely try these my friend. Thanks for the recipe and I hope your weekend is a wonderful one.

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on December 07, 2013:

Your cookies just look delicious! I will definitely try this recipe! I like to make cookies of different kind and prepare boxes with an assortment of cookies to give to friends and neighbours.

The good thing with the preparation time of more than 10 hours.... they are at least 9 hours where you can sleep or do something else :-)

I love those kind of recipes because it allows to prepare several of them and then bake them one after the other. On the long run, it saves time! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Dianna Mendez on December 07, 2013:

Any dessert with citrus makes a 5 star rating on my list! I can just taste these yummy cookies. Great design and written very well. Have a Merry Christmas.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 07, 2013:

i have tried orange cookies but never mix with cinnamon and etc. Gonna try out again with your recipe. Thanks for sharing. May I know how do i reduce the quantity because 9 dozens are a lot! Can i replace corn syrup with honey , cloves and ginger with mixed spice?

Laura L Scotty from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 07, 2013:

These sound so wonderful. I'll have to try them after I'm don't with all my Christmas cookies that I make annually. Thank you for writing the tip about the parchment paper. I mention it sometimes on my cookie recipes but never thought to make it a special segment of the hub.