Santa's Spicy Gingersnappers

This Christmas drop cookie recipe will quickly become a family favorite when they sample the yummy pecan topping and orange glaze.

Santa's Spicy Gingersnappers
Prep Time:
45 mins
Bake Time:
12 mins
Cool Time:
2 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
3 dozen large cookies


  • 1 cup raisins

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped crystallized ginger

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 ⅔ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup chopped pecans

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 recipe Pecan Topping (see below)

  • 1 recip Orange Glaze (see below)

Orange Glaze

  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

Pecan Topping

  • ½ cup chopped raisins

  • ½ cup chopped pecans

  • 3 tablespoon dairy sour cream

  • 2 tablespoon caramel topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place raisins and butter in food processor; process until raisins are chopped and combined with butter. Transfer mixture to extra-large bowl. With electric mixer beat in brown sugar, eggs, crystallized ginger, orange peel, and vanilla until creamy.

  2. In medium bowl combine flour, pecans, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. Gradually beat flour mixture into butter mixture. Mix until well combined.

  3. With a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop drop dough 4 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten tops lightly. Spoon 1 teaspoon Pecan Topping onto the center of each unbaked cookie.

  4. Bake 12 to 13 minutes or until edges are just set. Let cool on pan for 2 minutes; transfer cookies to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  5. Drizzle cooled cookies with Orange Glaze. Makes 3 dozen large cookies.

Orange Glaze

  1. In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar and finely shredded orange peel. Stir in enough orange juice to make a glaze of drizzling consistency.

Pecan Topping

  1. In small bowl combine raisins, pecans, sour cream, and caramel topping. Cover and chill until ready to use.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

210 Calories
8g Fat
34g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 210
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 119mg 3%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.