When I ask my three-year-old daughter what type of cookies we should bake together she always says one of two kinds: “heart cookies” (simple sugar cookies in heart shapes with sprinkles and icing) or “spicy cookies”.
These “spicy cookies” she loves have been a favourite treat of our family for a while now. Imagine if a snickerdoodle married a gingerbread man and they had a cookie baby. This cookie baby would be these spicy sugar cookies – they’re buttery and sugary like a snickerdoodle, but spiced just right like a (mild) gingerbread. Yum!
The most “exciting” part about making these cookies is rolling them in the spiced sugar. My daughter likes to line them up in a row and count them (she’s artistically aligned them above). It’s the cutest thing!
This recipe is adapted from Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies from My Baking Addiction.
Spicy Sugar Cookies
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cups white sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix sugar, cinnamon, ginger and cloves together in a medium bowl. Remove 1/4 cup of the mixture for rolling the cookies in later.
- Add softened butter to the sugar mixture in the bowl, mix. Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
- Roll the dough into balls and then roll the balls in the reserved spicy sugar mixture.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes.
Enjoy with a glass of cold milk!