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Spice Cookies

SERVES: 16 cookies PREP: 15 minutes TOTAL TIME: 1 hour, 25 minutes (including chilling)
Spice Cookies

Spice Cookies

SERVES: 16 cookies PREP: 15 minutes TOTAL TIME: 1 hour, 25 minutes (including chilling)

Sugar and spice and everything nice!

At first glance these may look kind of simple, but these spice cookies are hiding lots of flavor inside. They are not as snappy as gingersnaps, but they still pack a nice punch of warm spices. There’s a tiiiiny bit of cayenne in there to wake things up but doesn’t actually taste spicy, so don’t leave it out! What makes them pretty (and delicious) is rolling in coarse raw demerara sugar and spices before baking. If you can’t get your hands on this fancier sugar, white sugar works just fine—they just won’t sparkle as much and the outside won’t have as much of a crunchy texture.

NOTE: These cookies are part of Cravings’ One Dough, Three Holiday Cookies story, so the base sugar cookie dough makes three different cookies. You only need ⅓ of the dough to make Spice Cookies—the rest makes Ombré Iced Sugar Cookies and Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprint Cookies.

For the base sugar cookie dough:

  • 4 ¼ cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter

  • 2 ¼ cups sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

For the spice cookies:

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • teaspoon ground cayenne

  • teaspoon ground nutmeg 

 For the rolling spice cookies:

  • ¼ cup demerara (raw cane sugar), white sugar, or a combination of both

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • teaspoon nutmeg

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