12 Days of Cookies: Orange Molasses Cookies with Cardamom Icing

Twin Cities Live Kitchen Star and creator of the blog Dining With Alice is known for taking classic comfort foods and adding a fun and unexpected flavor twist. Case in point: the molasses cookie pepped up with orange zest topped with vanilla icing spiced with cardamom. It’s our eighth recipe in this year’s 12 Days of Cookies presented by Land O’Lakes on Twin Cities Live!

For more recipes, be sure to visit www.landolakes.com. This year, Land O’Lakes is highlighting some classics like Best Ever Oatmeal Cookies and Classic Peanut Butter – you can find those recipes here. You can also find more holiday baking inspiration here.

Orange Molasses Cookies with Cardamom Icing
By Alice Seuffert from Dining With Alice


1 cup Land O Lakes® Salted Butter (lightly softened)
¾ cup Light Brown Sugar
¾ cup White Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 TB Molasses (full flavor)
1 Egg
Zest from 1 large Orange (about 2 TB of zest)
3 cups All-Purpose Flour
½ tsp Baking Soda
2.5 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
¼ tsp Cardamom


1 cup Powdered Sugar
¼ tsp Cardamom
1 tsp Orange Extract
2 TB Milk
2 TB Land O Lakes® Salted Butter (melted)


Preheat oven to 375.

Combine butter and sugars in a stand mixer and mix until creamy. Add vanilla extract and molasses. Once combined, add egg, and then zest.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and cardamom. Slowly mix in dry ingredients into the mixer.

Use a cookie scoop and place cookie dough on cookie sheet and press down with a small jar or glass.

Bake for eight minutes.

Makes 32 cookies

Allow cookies to cool before icing.

For icing, combine powdered sugar, cardamom, orange extract, milk and melted butter. Spoon one teaspoon of icing onto each cookie. Allow icing to harden and serve.

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