December 02, 2019 2 min read 4 Comments

Cookie season has arrived. The holidays are just around the corner and that means all sorts of baked goods. The classic spice-based cookie this time of year is usually the friendly gingerbread man. But here at Rocky we don’t like doing things the ordinary way. So we got to work crafting a spicy, chewy, delectable, simple recipe inspired by our warm and cozy Orange Cardamom holiday scent.  

Just like our Orange Cardamom seasonal scent, these cookies contain nourishing oats, spicy cardamom, and energizing orange. We’ve also included a pinch of cinnamon and black pepper. So if you’ve ever wanted to take a bite out of your Orange Cardamom bar soap, this is your chance! 

A woman wipes the kitchen counter next to a plate of orange cardamom holiday cookies made with Rocky Mountain Soap Company's holiday cookie recipe.

This recipe is not only delicious, but party friendly since it’s vegan, nut-free and can easily be made gluten-free by replacing the whole grain flour with an all-purpose, gluten-free flour (buckwheat flour would work nicely). If gluten intolerances are an issue, you should also make sure that your oats are certified gluten-free. 

This recipe also calls for coconut sugar, which is made from the dehydrated sap of the coconut palm. Coconut sugar contains small amounts of minerals, antioxidants and fibre, and also has a slightly lower glycemic index than regular sugarmeaning it gives you a slightly less intense blood sugar spike. It also has a deeper flavour and complexity than regular sugar, making it a great addition to this recipe. But if you don't have any on hand, feel free to substitute with brown sugar. 

These cookies are also super quick to make, which means you can whip up a batch in under 25 minutes (including baking time!) — just in time for that holiday potluck you forgot about.

An orange, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks on a kitchen counter next to bottles of Rocky Mountain Soap Company's Orange Cardamom Daily Oat body lotion and liquid hand and body wash.

Orange Cardamom Oat Cookies

Prep time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 13 minutes
Makes 14 cookies


  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp good quality cardamom powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 tsp orange zest (about one whole orange)
  • Juice of half an orange (approximately ⅛ of a cup)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of black pepper 
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats (not quick oats), gluten-free if necessary
  • 1 cup whole grain rye flour, or whichever flour you have on hand
  • 1 cup coconut sugar, or brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp Salt

A hand grates orange zest into a pot, an ingredient in this holiday cookie recipe inspired by Rocky Mountain Soap Company's Orange Cardamom scent.


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.  

  2. Melt coconut oil in a small saucepan, remove from heat. 

  3. Add cardamom, orange zest and juice, cinnamon, black pepper and vanilla. Stir together and set aside. 

  4. In a separate bowl, add oats, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine.

  5. Pour the coconut oil mixture from the pot into the dry ingredients. Use a mixer (or just a fork and some muscle power) to blend until it comes together as a dough. 

  6. Roll into roughly 14 balls and place on baking sheet.

  7. Bake for 13-15 minutes and allow to cool for 5 minutes before carefully placing on a cooling rack to cool completely. 

Orange Cardamom cookies stacked on a kitchen counter ready for a holiday potluck.

Make ahead party tip!

Roll the dough into a log and wrap tightly in paper, then place in a reusable airtight freezer bag as an earth friendly alternative to plastic wrap. When you need to be the life of the party (or maybe you just want some extra cookies), slice into ½ inch disks, place on a cookie sheet and bake from frozen.

4 Responses


December 17, 2019

So Delicious! The spices perfect blend for the season - love them to bits!! Thank you for sharing — bookmarked :)

Richard Crebert
Richard Crebert

December 13, 2019

Sound soooo good. And tasty.
Will be making a batch tomorrow.
Thank you.

Tara Langlois
Tara Langlois

December 13, 2019

Would be nice to have a printer friendly version of the recipe, so it could be printed on just one page, instead of 3.


December 13, 2019

Sounds yummy! Do you recommend any reusable airtight freezer bags?

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