Orange Clove Cookies

Orange Clove Cookies

Orange Clove Cookies is a cross between a shortbread cookie and gingerbread. It is buttery and crumbly and packed with seasonal flavours such as orange, honey, molasses, and spices. And probably the best part is the luscious orange glaze with a hint of Cointreau!

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Orange Clove Cookies

Hello everyone – I hope everyone is doing well! After all, it’s weekend which always makes the difference!

Today I am with another dessert recipe. Some of you might already know I’ve been really into savoury recipes this season. But I am going to share more dessert ideas these last few days before the holidays. Because “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, and we cannot leave him without any cookies. And addressing your possible concern, yes – Santa doesn’t mind cookies with alcohol. Indeed, he would love more cookies like this. I confirmed :)

Orange Clove Cookies

These Orange Clove Cookies are easy to make, but the flavours are nothing short of festive! Molasses, honey, orange, vanilla, and spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, and clove – can you imagine the aroma that will fill your kitchen while they’re baking?! These cookies have a pronounced clove aroma as it’s a part of both the cookie dough and glaze. I’ve also used dehydrated oranges which added a terrific flavour and a nice chewy element. If you have some, please use them. If not, orange zest will do.

And the glaze? Sweet and refreshing and with a good hint of Cointreau which adds some pleasant bitterness and thus balances out the sweetness. Of course, you can skip the glaze, but why would you do this? If you consider skipping it though, you might need to adjust the sweetness of your dough.

Also, I used a cookie stamp for this recipe, but you can definitely use a regular cookie cutter. While stamping makes these cookies look quite beautiful, the process can be a bit more challenging and time-consuming.

Savoury Holiday Recipes

And if you are not interested in sweets, no worries – please check these savoury ideas:

Christmas Buckwheat Crêpes

Cheese Chestnut Biscuits

Parsnip Chestnut Soup

Veal Chestnut Pasta

Leftover Turkey Salad

Cheese Chestnut Dip

I hope you like these Orange Clove Cookies, and you will make them a try. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share your photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.


Orange Clove Cookies
Orange Clove Cookies

Orange Clove Cookies

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Dessert


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Orange Clove Cookies is a cross between a shortbread cookie and gingerbread. It is buttery and crumbly and packed with seasonal flavours such as orange, honey, molasses, and spices.


  • Cookies
  • 170 gr. butter, softened

  • 2 tbsp. honey

  • 2 tbsp. fancy molasses

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1 large orange, zested

  • few dehydrated orange rings, finely chopped (optional)

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp. ginger or more

  • 1/2 tsp. grated nutmeg

  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom

  • a pinch of clove and allspice, each

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 2 and 1/2 cups flour

  • Glaze:
  • 1 and 1/4 cup icing sugar

  • 3 tbsp. orange juice

  • 2-3 tbsp. Cointreau

  • a little pinch of clove


  • In a bowl, using a mixer, cream the butter, honey, molasses, vanilla, and salt on medium speed, around a minute or so.
  • Add the spices and orange zest, beat for 10 seconds to incorporate.
  • Gradually stir in the flour, mixing with a whisk first then with a spoon, until the dough forms; it will be soft and pliable and a tad of sticky. You can always adjust the consistency by dusting with a bit flour or adding a few drops of water or milk – if it’s too tough. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • If you are using a cookie stamp, shape a small piece of dough (1 tsp to 1 tbsp.) into a ball. Now. normally it’s recommended to roll the dough into the sugar as it will help with releasing the stamped cookie. I did not want to use extra sugar, so I opted for dusting with a bit flour, both the dough ball and the cookie stamp.
  • Press the flour-dusted stamp over a ball of dough also dusted with flour, then firmly press down on the dough, until it flattens and spreads out all the way to the edge of the stamp. Carefully pull the dough off the stamp and set onto the baking sheet. If you have the uneven edges, use a smaller round cookie cutter to cut the pressed cookie and trim off. Reuse the scraps.
  • If you don’t have or don’t want to use stamps, simply roll out the chilled dough and cut it using cookie cutters.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (~175 degrees C). Arrange the cookies on lined sheet(s)
  • Bake for about 10-14 minutes (depending on size and your oven) or until edges are browned a little. BUT it is better to slightly underbake them, because they are going to be back in the oven for a few minutes after being glazed.
  • In a meantime, in a small bowl make the glaze by whisking together the icing sugar, orange juice, Cointreau, and cloves. If you don’t want to use alcohol, substitute more orange juice. Adjust the consistency – it should be quite thick but still a bit runny (Like runny honey)
  • When cookies are baked, remove them from the oven and let cook few minutes until easy to handle. Quickly dip a cookie into the glaze or simply pour some glaze over each cookie and return them on the baking sheet. Place back in the oven for 2 minutes and turn the heat and let them stay for another minute and so them remove. This method results in crisp and cracking glaze – beautiful and delicious!
  • Cool them completely then transfer to an air-tight container. Enjoy!

10 thoughts on “Orange Clove Cookies

  1. Eva Taylor says:

    I just love your cookie stamps, please let us know where you got them! So much more interesting than regular cookie cutters, which I have an enormous quantity of! We absolutely love all citrus flavours but orange is really a bit hit during the Christmas season.

  2. Jeff the Chef says:

    Oh my God, this sounds so fantastic, Ben! I love orange in just about anything, but in this gingerbready context it seems so alluring. And especially with a hit of orange in the glaze. This just has Christmas written all over it! If I make these, believe me, there will be none left for Santa! (I hope that doesn’t put me on his naughty list.)

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