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Spice Cookies with Orange Icing

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Wilelaiki honey, cinnamon, ginger, clove and a hint of orange is the perfect treat at the holidays, and all winter long. These cookies are quick and easy to make - and will disappear just as quickly! Try them with or without icing, and add sprinkles as you see fit.


  • 12 Tbsp (½ cups) butter, softened
  • ½ cup muscovado or light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Wilelaiki honey
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground clove
  • 2 cups flour
  • ⅓-½ cup finely chopped hazelnuts (or almonds)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • zest from one orange


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment. 
  2. With an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar, honey, and spices until light and fluffy. Add in flour, hazelnuts and salt and mix until well combined.
  3. Gather the dough into a ball, then pat or roll out on a lightly floured surface - the dough should be about ¼" thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut cookies - re-roll dough as needed until you have used it all up. Place shapes on the baking sheet (they can be close together as the cookies won't spread out too much).
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden on the bottom. Let cool on a wire rack.
  5. When cookies are completely cool, make the icing: Sift powdered sugar into a mixing bowl, then add orange zest and vanilla. Add milk 1 Tbsp at a time, just until you get the right consistency and all the powdered sugar is mixed in. Spread icing onto each cookie and let sit until the icing sets.


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