Chewy Orange Spice Cookies
Chewy, spiced cookies with orange zest, bits of ginger, and white chocolate, rolled in crunchy pearl sugar.
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 /4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ⅛-1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • ¾ cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest (from about 2 oranges)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup finely diced candied ginger
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup pearl sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Whisk the flour, baking soda, kosher salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cayenne in a bowl. Set it aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Beat in the brown sugar and orange zest, just to combine. Beat in the egg, scraping the bowl after it's combined. Beat in the molasses and vanilla. With the mixer on low, mix in the dry ingredients until just combined. Mix in the candied ginger and white chocolate chips. Cover the dough and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, until firm.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  4. Scoop about cookies using a levered cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons of dough) and roll each scoop of dough in pearl sugar. Place the cookies a few inches apart on a baking sheet and bake for 11-13 minutes. Repeat with the remaining dough.
The prep for these cookies is quick, but there is some chill time. It's totally hands off, though so you can peruse pinterest, wrap up your holiday shopping, or even make the dough the night before you bake them.
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