Orange Spice Sugar Cookies

Nor Mac


Christmas is the time of year to make flavorful butter cookies.We roll them. We cut shapes from them. We decorate them. I decided to add the flavors of the season to this cookie.It is a sweet and zesty spice butter cookie.These were a big hit with my friends and neighbors.
Merry Christmas!


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15 Min
10 Min


  • 1 c
    softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 c
  • 2 c
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    cloves ground
  • 1/2 tsp
    ginger ground
  • 1
    egg yolk
  • 1
    zest of one medium orange
  • 1 Tbsp
    amaretto almond liquor, or other almond liquor
  • 1 Tbsp
    Baileys Irish cream (you can use 2 teaspoons of vanilla in place of liquors)

  • ·
    sliced almonds for garnish
  • 1 c
    colored vanilla candy melts,or white chocolate chips.
  • 1/2 tsp
    Baileys Irish cream ( can be omitted if desired)
  • 1/2 tsp
    amaretto or almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp
    orange zest

How to Make Orange Spice Sugar Cookies


  1. Beat the butter, sugar salt, Baileys Irish cream, and Amaretto together until smooth.
    (You can replace the Liquors with 2 teaspoons of vanilla if desired. Making the cookies kid friendly.)
  2. Mix in the egg yolk until combined well. Add the flour,
    orange zest, Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. mix to combine.
  3. Add the flour,and beat until all ingredients are incorporated ,and a big ball forms.
    You can continue on ,and make the cookie dough my way,or you can simply roll dough out on a floured surface ,and cut shapes out to bake.
  4. take ball of cookie dough,and divide in half.
    Make 2 circular logs from cookie dough. 2 inches in diameter.
    Wrap in plastic wrap,and refrigerate until stiff enough to slice.
  5. Slice dough in to 1/8 inch wide slices,and bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 325 degree's for 10 minutes,or until edges turn light golden brown.
  6. make white chocolate icing. Mix 1 cup of any color candy melts with 1/2 teaspoon of Amaretto,and 1/2 tsp Baileys Irish cream., or vanilla
    Add 1 tsp of shortening and microwave for 1 min. Stop microwave and stir every 30 seconds.
    Remove and stir again. Make sure the chocolate is melted.
    Add 1/2 teaspoon orange zest stir well. If you need a more liquid consistency. Just add a dash of milk.
  7. Decorate cookies with icing. Put a small Dollop of icing on top of cookie.
    Place the almond slices on the icing. You may also frosty entire top with icing instead of adding almonds if desired.

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About Orange Spice Sugar Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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