Sugar and Spice (and Everything Nice) Cookies

by Dorothy Reinhold on December 24, 2014

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Sugar and Spice Cookies are all things nice — redolent of cloves and cinnamon and colored like molasses. These won a Los Angeles Times cookie contest!

We’re busy people today, so let’s cut to the chase. If you’re looking for an awesome, deeply spiced gingerbread-y tasting cookie, you’ve come to the right place.

This cookie is by Elizabeth Morner, and was one of the 10 finalists in the fifth annual L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. Elizabeth says these are from her grandma, also named Elizabeth. Her grandma told her to roll them “the size of a walnut.” I like that directive.

Sugar and Spice Cookie | Classic Molasses Spice Cookie Recipe |
Redolent of cloves, of cinnamon and the color of molasses, these classic cookies are sugar and spice and all things nice.

Merry Christmas to all Shockingly Delicious family, friends and readers!

May your day be merry and bright…
and may all your Christmases be spiced!

Sugar and Spice Cookie | Classic Molasses Spice Cookie Recipe |

Sugar and Spice Cookie | Classic Molasses Spice Cookie Recipe |

Sugar and Spice Cookie

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 48 cookies

Serving Size: 2 cookies

Calories: 69 per cookie

Fat: 3 grams per cookie

Sugar and Spice Cookie

Sugar and Spice Cookies are all things nice -- redolent of cloves and cinnamon and colored like molasses.


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar, plus more for rolling (I used Vanilla Sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups (8½ ounces) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • My addition: Coarse sugar for rolling


  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 3 to 4 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream together the shortening and 1 cup sugar. Add the egg and molasses, and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Add this to the shortening mixture and combine. I chilled the dough overnight.
  4. Using your hands, form the dough into 1-inch balls, and roll in sugar to coat (I rolled some in coarse gold-colored sugar, and some in colored jimmies, for pretty). Space the balls 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake the cookies until browned, 10-12 minutes.
  5. Remove the cookies from the baking sheets and cool on wire racks.
  6. Makes 48 cookies.
  7. Each of 48 cookies: Calories 69; Protein 1 gram; Carbohydrates 9 grams; Fiber 0; Fat 3 grams; Saturated fat 1 gram; Cholesterol 4 mg; Sugar 5 grams; Sodium 67 mg


Author: Elizabeth Morner, winner/finalist L.A. Times Cookie Contest 2014

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Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama December 27, 2014 at 5:11 am

These cookies sound right up my alley! 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold December 27, 2014 at 7:14 am

I REALLY like them!


Sippitysup December 26, 2014 at 9:12 am

Ok. I can’t believe I’m saying this. But I need to ask about the nail polish. Is that you? XOGREG


Dorothy Reinhold December 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Are you KIDDING me? That is my darling 17-yr-old daughter. She’s very creative that way.


Dorothy Reinhold December 30, 2014 at 8:24 pm

My darling daughter!


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