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Orange Frosted Gingerbread Spice Cookies

We’ve been enjoying Immaculate Baking Co. Gingerbread Spice Cookies a lot recently.  Really — a lot.  These ready-to-bake cookies are almost too convenient.  We pop them in the oven right after dinner and just about the time the kitchen is cleaned up, we have warm cookies for dessert.  The all-natural cookie dough keeps in the refrigerator for up to a month, and can be frozen for as long as four months, so it is easy to keep on hand for impromptu deliciousness!

Although these cookies are wonderful in their own right and really don’t need any embellishment, I couldn’t help tinkering with them.  I checked out the company’s website for recipe ideas, and loved the Ginger Spice Ice Cream Sandwiches found there.  How good would those be with the Cream Cheese Ice Cream I shared in a recipe for Peach Pecan Amaretto Cheesecake Shooters?  However, since I needed cookies for Christmas gifts and a dessert buffet, I deferred the ice cream sandwich idea to another day.  Buttercream frosting seemed like a good option, and orange flavored buttercream sounded very appealing.  This super-easy recipe added a perfect cool creamy balance to the warm tones of the gingerbread spices.

Orange Frosted Gingerbread Spice Cookies

  • 1 package Immaculate Baking Co. Gingerbread Spice Cookies
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cream*
  • 6 drops of orange oil* (or to taste)

Bake cookies according to package directions and allow to cool completely.  Combine softened butter, sugar, and orange oil, and blend well.  Frost cookies and allow frosting to dry before storing at room temperature in an airtight container.

*I enjoy using essential oils in cooking and baking, but if you don’t have orange oil on hand, substitute 1 tablespoon of orange juice for the cream, and 2 teaspoons grated orange peel for the orange oil.

Orange Frosted Gingerbread Cookies

After taste-testing one of the frosted cookies, I realized it was a good thing I had plans to share them.  I think I could have eaten a dozen!

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Immaculate Baking Co. Blueberry Scones

Weekday breakfast time at our house is not our finest hour.  I’m out the door for a run as soon as the sun is up while Allen makes coffee and handles the dog wake-up calls.  We usually shuffle through our individual get-ready routines, catching breakfast on our own.  Allen settles for toast and jam many mornings, while I lean toward some kind of protein bar.  Exciting, huh?

After we tried and loved Immaculate Baking Co.’s Gingerbread Spice Cookies, we checked out their Supremes Chocolate Chunk Cookies, which were also winners in our book.  Would a breakfast upgrade be possible with Immaculate Baking Co.?  We put their Blueberry Scones to the test.  This was a giant leap of faith for me, because I generally shy away from any kind of ready-to-bake bread in a refrigerated tube.  I made the leap partially because of Immaculate’s promise not to use any of the following ingredients:

 

  • Bleached flour
  • Trans fats
  • Hydrogenated oil
  • Aluminum baking powder
  • Artificial preservatives
  • Artificial flavors
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Genetically modified organisms

My other motivations?  The 15-minute oven-to-table convenience and a strong desire to get out of our ho-hum breakfast routine!

The scones baked up perfectly golden brown in 15 minutes, and the number of plump blueberries in each one was amazing.  Dappled sunlight streaming across the kitchen island and on our beautiful scones set up a perfect start to the autumn morning.

With butter melting on the flaky layers and a little all-natural honey for dipping, we were ready for the crucial taste test.  The verdict was unanimous – success!  The pastry was tender and the blueberries were tasty.  We liked the wholesome ingredients:  unbleached flour, pure cane sugar, and sea salt.  These blueberry scones banished at least one boring breakfast at our house!

Our post about Immaculate’s Gingerbread Spice Cookies shared the company’s commitments to worthy causes, particularly folk art.  Our package of scones profiled North Carolina artist Clyde Jones, who crafts “critters” from scrap wood, so we also had some culture with our morning cuisine.  Immaculate Baking Co.’s quality products and corporate conscience make them a go-to favorite.

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Immaculate Baking Co. Gingerbread Spice Cookies

Now that it is fall, and less than 95° in the shade here in Texas, I’ve been craving the classic fall spices: ginger, cloves, and cinnamon.  During an emergency run to the grocery store this week, I saw Immaculate Baking Co.’s Gingerbread Spice Cookies in the refrigerator case.  Ready-to-bake refrigerated cookie dough is generally not on my list of desirable desserts, but Immaculate Baking Co.’s “all natural”claim piqued my interest.  The ingredient list sealed the deal:  unbleached flour, brown sugar, molasses, whole eggs, spices, and none I couldn’t pronounce!

Warm cookies for dessert sounded really good, so as I finished up dinner preparation, I preheated the oven.  When I opened the package, I found a small bag of coarse sugar for topping the cookies.  Very nice touch!  The gingerbread aroma soon filled the kitchen, they baked up beautifully, and the taste really exceeded my expectations for refrigerated cookie dough.  In fact, Allen and I both thought they rivaled homemade cookies.  We loved that we could bake them exactly to our preference (soft and chewy), and bake only as many as we wanted to eat while they warm.

Scott Blackwell’s love for baking was inspired at age seven when he saw the movie, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.  He paid for his college education by baking pies, then became one of the first Ben & Jerry’s ice cream franchisees.  His next venture was operating his own restaurant, followed by a coffee and cookie business run from his garage.  He was still headquartered there when he received an order from Williams-Sonoma.  He has since moved on to bigger and better facilities!

Scott’s love for baking seems equally matched by his love for Southern folk art.  He is an ardent supporter of folk artists, featuring some of their works on Immaculate packaging.  Various artists are featured on his website.  Immaculate has also partnered with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for pediatric cancer research, and encourages groups to organize bake sales for this very worthy cause.

Immaculate’s product line includes a variety of natural and organic cookie dough flavors, gluten-free cookie dough, scones, pie crusts, crescent rolls, sweet rolls and biscuits.  You can search for a retailer near you on their website, or order online.  Try these great “cookies with a cause” soon!

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