Orange Ginger Thins

30 Jan
Raise your hand if you love Ikea. I mean, what’s not to love? $1 hot dogs, boxes of take-home cinnamon rolls, and lots of meatballs. Thank you, Sweden.

Oh, and the well-priced, if-hard-to-assemble furniture is an attraction. I’m a sucker for a $12 side table, but let’s be real, if all else fails I know I’m getting a tasty snack.

One of my favorite parts of being dragged though Ikea as a child (sorry, Mom) was picking up Anna’s cookies. They’re light and gingery and the perfect car snack when you’re wedged between the new armoire and a bevy of items from the checkout section (lanterns, cups, etc.– you know what I’m talking about).

As a fun twist, I added orange zest to mine. And then I made a huge mess…

The cookies themselves are light and crunchy, and the orange and ginger have a spicy warmth that’s perfect for these last January days, plus it’s more winter citrus! So next time you go to Ikea, pick up these cookies. In the mean time, make these! They’re läckra (and all associated adjectives). I think that might also be the name of the dresser I just bought…

Orange Ginger Thins adapted from Allrecipes

Yields 40 cookies


2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp  cinnamon

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp orange zest

1 stick unsalted butter

4 tbsp white sugar

4 tbsp light brown sugar

4 tsp dark brown corn syrup (or sub 3 tsp light corn syrup + 1 tsp molasses, like I did)

1/2 beaten egg (I know, a little weird, but I didn’t want 80 cookies!)


Zest your orange, then sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and orange zest in medium bowl. 

In stand mixer, beat butter and sugars on high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in your corn syrup (plus molasses, if used) and egg, then blend until well-mixed. Chill dough for two hours or overnight.

Once chilled, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough on flat, floured surface until 1/8 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter shapes, then carefully transfer to lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 5 minutes and remove to cool.


1 hour + chill time



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