Glazed Orange Ginger Cookies

Glazed Orange Ginger Cookies

These Glazed Orange Ginger Cookies are full of warm spices and rich flavors.

The cakey cookies are subtly sweet, really, the perfect bite.

When you bake a batch of these cookies, which are topped with a light and delicious icing, you'll know the holidays are here. They just taste like Christmas.

Glazed Orange Ginger Cookies

Makes 6 dozen cookies.

6 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup shortening

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

3 large oranges

3 tablespoons candied ginger, very finely chopped

½ cup buttermilk

½ cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons orange juice

1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.

3. In a second large bowl, combine the shortening and sugar. Use an electric mixer to beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until smooth.

4. Use a fine grater to remove the zest from the oranges. Add the zest and the candied ginger to the bowl and beat in. Juice the oranges to get about 1 cup of orange juice, then add it and the buttermilk to the bowl.

5. Use the mixer to beat in the liquids. The dough may curdle a bit; this is normal. Add the dry ingredients 2 cups at a time, mixing well between additions.

6. Baking in batches, drop the cookies in 1-tablespoon mounds on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between the cookies. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.

7. Let the cookies cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

8. To prepare the glaze, in a small bowl whisk together the powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons orange juice. Use a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies, or use a pastry brush to brush it on. Let the glaze dry before storing the cookies.