Spice Cookies have a warm and sweet taste to them. They are perfect for the holiday season. The tops are sprinkled with coarse sugar crystals that create a sweet glazed crunch. Take a batch of these to your next Christmas party!
Sydney and I love any and all holidays. Any excuse to celebrate is great with us! When that celebrating involves baking, cooking, party planning, or party decor…we are all in!
With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, we have been doing a lot of baking that involves spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice are just some of our favorite cold weather spices. There is just something so cozy about these spices! We love experimenting with spices of all kids in different recipes.
How To Make Spice Cookies
These Spice Cookies were an adaption from Wendy Sondov at The Monday Box. Thanks so much for the great inspiration! We love getting inspiration from other recipes, pictures, sights, smells, nature, and many other sources. We can be driving along and see something that gives us inspiration for a cooking idea. Our inspiration doesn’t just come from other recipes. There are so many creative sources all around us every day. All of that being said to tell you that this particular recipe just happens to be the inspiration from another recipe.
Sydney’s all time favorite spice is cinnamon. She would put cinnamon in everything if she could. She loves anything baked with cinnamon, she puts cinnamon on her applesauce, eats cinnamon toast, loves cinnamon bagels, and moans whenever she smells cinnamon candles. Obsession is the perfect word to describe her love of cinnamon. Her cinnamon is my chocolate!
Cinnamon and Ginger
These Spice Cookies use a blend of cinnamon and ginger. The perfect taste for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The sugar crystals on top give a little bit of an added crunch to this cookie. Some people like their spice cookies chewy, but Sydney and I are both fans of a crispy spice cookie. These can go either way. Leave them in the oven for a couple of extra minutes to get a crispier cookie. The combination of the couple of extra minutes baking along with the sugar crystals on top of the cookie is pure perfection if you like a crispy cookie.
Cookie Cutter Options
We used a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter for these cookies but if you have a favorite cookie cutter shape, then by all means use it. Leaves, snowflakes, and reindeer would be perfect shapes for these cookies to give them a touch of holiday cheer. If you have little ones around then a holiday cookie cutter is a must!
Along with the cinnamon and ginger, you will also need dark brown sugar to give these cookies the perfect spice flavor.
After making the cookie dough, it needs to set in the refrigerator for several hours to overnight. This is a great recipe to make one day and then bake the next.
- 3 Tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar packed
- 1 Tablespoon water
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon we use Vietnamese cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
- coarse sugar crystals for the tops of the cookies
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave 3 Tablespoons of water until very hot. Add the dark brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool.
- In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda into 1 Tablespoon of cold water. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the granulated sugar and shortening with a mixer. Add in the dark brown sugar syrup and the dissolved baking soda that was set aside earlier. Beat until blended. Set aside.
- In another large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until the dough is stiff.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.
- When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper. You want the dough about 1/8" thick. Use a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter to cut out the cookies.
- Place the cookies about 1/2" apart on the parchment lined baking sheet. Generously sprinkle the tops of the cookies with sugar crystals and gently press them into the cookie dough.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. If you want a crispier cookie, bake an additional minute or two.
- Transfer the cookies to cooling racks after they have been out of the oven for a few minutes.
Perfect For Gift Giving
These smell as good as they taste! Spice Cookies are flat and thin…so that makes them perfect to stack and wrap in cute plastic wrap and tie with a bow for gift giving. Anyone that you give a gift of these Spice Cookies to will be thrilled to receive them!
These go great with a tall glass of ice cold milk or a hot cup of coffee. We promise these will become a favorite with your family just like they did with ours.
Do you want to gift some other delicious cookies to your loved ones this Christmas season? Here are some of our go-to cookie recipes:
- Chewy Sugar Cookies
- 24 Hour Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Iced Oatmeal Cookies
- Best Ever Peanut Butter Cookies
Ring in the holiday season with these delicious Spice Cookies. They are absolutely perfect for the cold weather heading our way. If you are like us and look forward to the holidays and holiday parties, then you will most definitely want to add these Spice Cookies to your party planning list. Have an awesome day everyone!