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A stack of ginger-maple cookies with orange zest tied with a ribbon and orange flowers in the background.

Ginger-Maple Cookies With Orange Zest

Full of warm spice and rich flavors, these ginger-maple cookies with orange zest are bursting with fall flavor. Each buttery bite is perfectly soft and chewy. You won't find a more perfect fall cookie.
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 26 cookies
Calories 145kcal


  • Mixing bowl
  • Standing mixer or hand mixer
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 (12)-ounce bag white chocolate chips


  • In a small bowl, stir together flour, ground ginger, baking soda and salt until well mixed.
  • Using a stand or hand mixer, cream together butter, sugars, orange zest, fresh ginger and extracts until fluffy. If needed, periodically scrap the edge of the bowl. 
  • Again, scrap the edge of the bowl and add one egg. Beat until just combined. Repeat with the second egg.  
  • Add a spoonful or two of the flour mixture and stir until it's incorporated. Repeat until you mix in all of the flour. Stir in the white chocolate chips and refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  • As the dough refrigerates, heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Form the dough into golf ball-size balls and drop onto an ungreased, parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving a couple inches between each dough ball. Bake for nine minutes. The dough might look underbaked, but that's OK. This leaves the cookies soft, and they solidify as they cool. 
  • Allow the cookies to cool for a couple minutes on the baking sheet before moving to wire baking racks to finish cooling. Once cooled, store in an airtight container. Enjoy!


  • Don't scoop the measuring cup in a bag of flour. Instead, spoon the flour into the measuring cup and then level with a knife. Scooping flour packs in too much.
  • For room-temperature eggs, set them out 30 minutes before preparing the dough. If you forget to set your eggs out, you can quickly warm them up by setting them in warm -- not hot -- water for 10 minutes.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 128mg | Sugar: 10g