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Spiced Cutouts Recipe

Spiced Cutouts

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"A delicious gingerbread cookie with a hint of orange. These smell so good, you can't keep them a secret."

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Original recipe makes 9 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the molasses and egg. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and cardamom; stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the orange juice. Then stir in the orange zest.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out cookies with cookie cutters, and place them on an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, edges should be slightly browned. Cool cookies on wire racks.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 07, 2003

Worth the trek it takes to find the Cardamom...try the health food store! Wonderful cookies!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 20, 2005

I would have given this recipe a higher score, but it's too spicy to be a gingerbread cookie. They are more like a soft ginger snap. The cookies are tasty, but extremely fragile if too thick. The dough is a bit dry at first and definitely needs a whole egg if cut in half, but perfect when kneeded.


15 Ratings

Mar 09, 2010

Love, Love, Love! Made these last Halloween, & Thanksgiving. Cookies stay softer than traditional gingerbread cookies, and everyone was a fan! Gave my sister the recipe, but she didn't have the cardamom. She really noticed the difference. I'm convinced that the spice makes all the diference. I also experimented with a gluten-free version (my father is celiac), substituting oatmeal flour. I lined my pumpkin pies with the dough for the crust. It puffed up quite a lot but I got a lot of compliments on the pie. Next time I would reduce the backing soda for that application (duh!). Anyway, these are a new favorite for sure!

Dec 19, 2005

This is one of the best gingerbread recipes I've ever tried. The mix of spices is perfect and the dough was so easy to manage. In order to keep it from getting mushy, don't soften the butter too much and it won't need to be chilled at all.

Dec 16, 2006

These are the best cutouts. I made them for last Christmas as well and they kept incredibly well and the flavors kept getting better and better. I will never use another recipe but this one.

Apr 10, 2003

Wonderful recipe. The cookies have a pleasant flavor and were not overly sugary. Even my son liked them, and he can be pretty picky about his cookies. We will undoubtedly make them again.

Jan 26, 2003

This is a great recipe to let the kids help cut the cookies out. They taste and smell fantastic.

Sep 22, 2012

The dough smelled amazing when I was making it. A few things though. 1) These don't work well for cookie cutters that have parts you indent into the dough. When the cookies bake, they kind of puff up, making my "gingerdead men" look rather obese, and destroying the skeleton imprint. 2) Don't overcook them. I liked them chewy, then you could actually taste the flavors. When they get too crispy they just sort of taste like overcooked sugar cookies. That said, if you undercook them they don't set and they fall apart and look gross, so it's a fine line. I wanted to try them with the gingerdead imprint cookie cutter, and fill the dents with icing, but since the imprint part puffed up and disappeared, I didn't bother making icing. I omitted the orange zest, since it usually grosses me out, but I sort of wish I hadn't, since the orange flavour wasn't very strong at all. Next time I will try with the orange zest. Will definitely make again. Easy recipe, smells AMAZING when you're making it. Tastes good.


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  • Calories
  • 83 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 3.6 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 73 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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