These cookies have a generous dose of orange marmalade mixed right into the batter. Cinnamon and clove give them spicy holiday flavor.
Drop cookie recipes are especially wonderful for busy holiday bakers. There’s no dough to be rolled out and no stamping out shapes with cutters or tedious decorating. They are always delicious, which is the most important thing a cookie should be!
Orange and clove are scents that call forth my happiest Christmas memories. My mother always made orange and clove pomanders for the holidays, and I’ve continued that tradition throughout the years. These cookies have that same aroma, and they are full of delicious Sicilian orange marmalade. You can use most any prepared marmalade you wish, but if you have the opportunity to use Sicilian marmalade, (this brand right here) by all means, do!
The marmalade gives a slight chewiness to the cookies, and it’s nice to find a little piece of sweet orange peel in every other bite.
A dollop of citrusy buttercream on top of each cookie is the final garnish – unless you crave a little holiday sparkle. In that case you may find these tiny gold star sprinkles are just the thing.
Spiced Orange Marmalade Cookies
- 3 cups 430g all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup or 1 stick 113g unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup 200g granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup 350g orange marmalade
- 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1/2 cup 120ml freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 3 cups 300g powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 300°F. Line at least two cookie sheets with baking parchment.
- Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cloves and cinnamon into a bowl and set aside. Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on low speed for one minute. Add sugar and vanilla extract, and beat two minutes until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the marmalade. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the flour and spice mixture. Beat on medium low speed, scraping down sides and bottom of the bowl so that all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Remove the bowl from the mixer and chill for 30 minutes in the freezer.
- Drop cookie dough from a spoon in walnut sized dollops onto prepared baking sheets 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cookies are light brown in color. Remove from the oven and cool on sheets for about 10 minutes, then remove to cooling racks. Let cool completely before icing.
- For the icing, combine orange and lemon zests and juices in a bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat butter on low speed. Add one cup (100 grams) of the powdered sugar and blend thoroughly. Gradually add the remaining sugar, salt and citrus juice mixture and mix until smooth. Ice cookies evenly with a teaspoon or butter knife and allow icing to set for an hour before serving. You can layer cookies between waxed paper in an air-tight container if you are packaging for gifting.