These easy spiced sugar cookies are so simple to make, the kids can make them all by themselves. And “Santa” will be overjoyed to eat them this year!
Every year the kids and I make some kind of cookie for Christmas. I mean, what’s Christmas without a jar filled with cookies to snack on? And since “Santa” is forced to eat the cookies every year, we make sure that they are super-duper delicious.
This year we made these easy-as-pie spiced sugar cookies. The subtle fragrance of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg add so much to these easy cookies. And since I LOVE a good, soft cookie, these are just that. Crisp on the edges but lovely and soft in the center. And you guys, these are uh-mazing with a scoop of ice cream sandwiched between them. It makes for such an awesome ice cream sandwich and is a great festive snack or dessert to throw together in minutes.
Tips for making the best sugar cookies
- Start with room temperature butter. Butter that is too cold won’t incorporate with the sugars and butter that is too soft won’t allow you to cream it with the sugar.
- Cream the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. I scrape the bowl down a few times throughout this step.
- Once the flour is added, keep mixing to a minimum. Mix until the dough just comes together otherwise the cookies will end up tough.
- Chilling the cookies in the fridge while the oven is preheating will prevent them from spreading.
- Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. T
- These cookies are lovely when decorated with frosting but are absolutely delicious on their own.
Freezing and making ahead
- Freezing: Both the cookies and cookie dough can be frozen. Wrap cookie dough well then freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw completely before forming cookies. Formed cookies can be frozen on a baking sheet then transferred to a freezer bag for up to 3 months and baked from frozen. Allow baked cookies to cool completely then transfer to freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Make ahead: Cookie dough can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. Baked cookies will last for 7 days if kept in an airtight container.
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Easy spiced soft sugar cookies
- 1½ cups butter room temperature
- 1½ cups light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- pinch of ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and creamy.
- Beat in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.
- Slowly add the flour, baking powder, salt and spices, scraping down the bowl occasionally until all the flour has been incorporated.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC/350°F and line 3 baking trays with parchment paper.
- Using a small ice cream scoop (or a tablespoon), place small (just smaller then a golf ball) scoops of the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them slightly to allow for spreading.
- Place the cookie dough in the fridge until the oven is pre-heated.
- Place the baking sheets into the oven and allow to bake for 7-10 minutes until golden brown but still soft in the middle.
- Remove from the oven and allow to chill for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.