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christmas cookie recipe

Spice Cookies

  • Author: Amy
  • Prep Time: 1 hr
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes (10-12 minutes per batch)
  • Total Time: 58 minute
  • Yield: 3 Dozen 1x


A spice cookie recipe with all the flavors of the holidays in an easy roll-out or shape dough.



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Melted white chocolate for drizzling
  • white sanding sugar
  • confectioners sugar for rolling out dough (if rolling out into cutout shapes)




  • In a medium bowl whisk flour, salt, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ground cloves.
  • In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter and sugar until combined well.
  • Add egg and vanilla to sugar and butter and beat until combined.
  • Add flour mixture to mixer in thirds (or small amounts) until all dough is combined.
  • Remove from mixer and place in parchment paper or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about an hour to chill dough.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Once chilled, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a clean surface dusted with confectioners sugar and cut out into desired shapes. Or, you can roll dough in your hand into a ball and flatten it slightly. This will form nice enough circles.
  • Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Cookies are done when the tops are set and the edges are slightly browned.
  • When they are cooled, drizzle them with white chocolate and top with white sanding sugar.


Traditionally, these cookies are half dipped in white chocolate. I have also dipped them in melted white almond bark and they tasted great.