Spice Cookies – Sugar Spun Run

My delicate and chewy spice cookies are infused with 5 totally different spices and topped with a straightforward vanilla drizzle. That is such a heat and comfortable cookie recipe–good for fall or your Christmas cookie tray! Recipe features a how-to video!

Pile of spice cookies topped with vanilla glaze.

So, What Precisely Are Spice Cookies?

Properly for starters, spice cookies are not the identical factor as gingerbread males or gingersnap cookies. We received’t be including any molasses to this recipe (apart from what’s within the brown sugar!), and the ensuing cookies may have a softer, chewier texture.

If you happen to’ve ever had my spice cake (one other incredible fall recipe!) these cookies are very related flavor-wise. They’re so heat and comfortable with loads of spices and a candy vanilla glaze on prime.

What you’ll love:

  • Vibrant taste: infusing the spices in heat melted butter helps to accentuate their taste, very like blooming cocoa powder. This additionally means you received’t have to melt chilly, straight-from-the-fridge butter earlier than you’ll be able to start!
  • Customizable: you’ll be able to chill the dough for simply half-hour, however in the event you like thicker cookies, chill it for an hour. You possibly can after all chill longer (a number of days) so long as you retain the dough lined. Be aware that the dough can be a bit laborious to scoop and might have to take a seat at room temperature a bit in the event you let it chill for greater than an hour. 
  • Straightforward glaze: my foolproof vanilla glaze rounds out the spice taste so properly!

What You Want

Don’t be overwhelmed by the quantity of substances beneath–most of them are spices and different pantry staples you’ll have already got available. Listed here are the important thing substances in my spice cookies.

  • Spices. I’m sticking with heat spices right here at the moment like ginger, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. A few of these are additionally within the butternut squash soup I not too long ago shared!
  • Darkish brown sugar. Whereas we received’t add molasses to those spice cookies, we can be including brown sugar, which accommodates molasses. This provides the cookies a richer taste and enhances the spices properly.
  • Butter. Simply as with my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe, this recipe begins with melted butter. Not solely does this imply you received’t want a mixer (yay!), nevertheless it additionally means the cookies may have a extra buttery taste.
  • Egg + egg yolk. An additional egg yolk contributes to the delicate and chewy texture we’re going for right here. Save your leftover egg white for making candied pecans!
  • Cornstarch. I like including cornstarch to cookies to maintain them tender and delicate, I contemplate it my secret weapon. It additionally helps them hold their form so that they don’t unfold an excessive amount of within the oven.

SAM’S TIP: Let your butter quiet down earlier than including the sugars (it shouldn’t really feel heat to the contact, in any respect!), in any other case you would find yourself melting them. If this occurs, your dough can be greasy and run throughout your baking sheets–in different phrases, you’ll have a complete mess in your palms! So have just a little persistence, and you can be rewarded 😊

Bear in mind, that is simply an summary of the substances I used and why. For the total recipe please scroll all the way down to the underside of the publish!

How you can Make Spice Cookies

  1. Soften the butter, then instantly stir within the spices. Let the butter cool fully earlier than continuing.
  2. Add the sugars, eggs and vanilla to the cooled butter and stir to mix.
  3. Whisk collectively the dry substances in a separate bowl, then step by step add them to the moist substances till all the pieces is mixed.
  4. Cowl with plastic wrap and place within the fridge to relax for 30-60 minutes.
  1. Roll 1 ½ tablespoon scoops of chilled cookie dough between your palms earlier than inserting 2″ aside on parchment lined baking sheets.
  2. Bake for 11-12 minutes and let cool fully earlier than topping with glaze.
  3. Make the glaze: whisk collectively the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk, and vanilla extract. If wanted, add extra milk till the glaze ribbons off your whisk; it ought to maintain its form for a number of seconds earlier than melting again into the bowl.
  4. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies. As soon as the glaze has hardened, get pleasure from!

SAM’S TIP: In case your glaze is simply too thick, merely add extra milk, a splash at a time, till it thins out once more. If it finally ends up too skinny, don’t fret–merely add extra powdered sugar till it reaches the precise consistency. Alternatively you would omit the glaze altogether and simply roll the cookies by means of granulated sugar earlier than baking!

Ceaselessly Requested Questions

Can I freeze the dough?

Sure! These spice cookies freeze properly, each baked and unbaked. To freeze the dough, merely comply with the chilling step within the recipe, then head over to my methods to freeze cookie dough publish and comply with the directions for drop cookies.

Will this glaze harden?

Sure! It received’t be fairly as laborious royal icing could be, however will probably be agency sufficient to stack.

Are these crispy or delicate spice cookies?

I particularly designed these spice cookies to be delicate and chewy and never crispy. Whereas the sides might have a contact of crispness to them, the facilities can be melt-in-your-mouth delicate. The cookies are additionally designed to not be thick cookies, I wished them flatter in order that we might obtain a chewy texture and a strong punch of taste from the spices.

With their cozy taste and have beautiful crackly surfaces, these spice cookies are so good for fall. I like to recommend having fun with them with cup of sizzling chocolate or apple cider for the total expertise 🥰

Get pleasure from!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video beneath! If you happen to do that recipe, be sure you tag me on Instagram, and you may as well discover me on YouTube and Fb

Spice Cookies

My delicate and chewy spice cookies are infused with 5 totally different spices and topped with a straightforward vanilla drizzle. That is such a heat and comfortable cookie recipe–good for fall! Recipe features a how-to video!


Course: cookie, Cookies, Dessert, Dessert

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook dinner Time: 11 minutes

Chilling Time: 30 minutes

Whole Time: 56 minutes

Servings: 28 servings

Energy: 176kcal

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  • Minimize butter into Tablespoon-sized items and place in a big, microwave-safe mixing bowl. Warmth in 15-second intervals till butter is melted then instantly stir in ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. Stir properly and permit butter to chill earlier than continuing.

    1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter, 1 ¼ teaspoons floor ginger, 1 ¼ teaspoon floor cinnamon, ½ teaspoon floor cloves, ¼ teaspoon floor nutmeg, ½ teaspoon allspice

  • As soon as butter is cooled (now not heat to the contact) add sugars, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir till fully mixed.

    1 cup (200 g) darkish brown sugar, ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar, 1 giant egg + 1 egg yolk, 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk collectively flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

    2 ¾ cups (350 g) all-purpose flour, 2 Tablespoons cornstarch, ¾ teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ¾ teaspoon salt

  • Progressively add dry substances to moist. Stir till fully mixed.

  • Cowl cookie dough with plastic wrap and chill within the fridge for no less than 30 and ideally 60 minutes. In the meantime, preheat oven to 350F (175C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • As soon as dough has completed chilling, scoop by degree 1 ½ tablespoon-sized scoop and roll right into a ball between your palms. Place cookie dough balls on ready baking sheet, spacing no less than 2 inches aside.

  • Bake at 350F (175C) for 11-12 minutes or till edges are starting to show a lightweight golden brown. Permit to chill fully earlier than adorning with glaze.


  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk collectively powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of milk. Add extra milk as wanted, glaze needs to be easy and ribbon of your whisk, holding its form for a number of seconds earlier than dissolving into the bowl.

    1 cup (125 g) powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, 1-2 Tablespoons milk

  • Drizzle glaze over cookies and permit to harden. Serve and revel in.



As soon as glaze has hardened fully, retailer in an hermetic container for as much as 5 days. Be aware that glaze will harden on the floor after a number of minutes however will take longer to dry fully, enable to take a seat for no less than an hour maybe a number of (it depends upon your kitchen situations and the precise consistency of your icing) earlier than stacking.


Serving: 1serving | Energy: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fats: 7g | Saturated Fats: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fats: 2g | Trans Fats: 0.3g | Ldl cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

Dietary info is predicated on third-party calculations and needs to be thought-about an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will differ based mostly upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking methodology, portion sizes, and extra.

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