In this article: Make delicious cookies this fall with this Swedish spice cookie recipe! It’s sure to be a new favorite.
When I was little I used to always eat molasses cookies with my grandfather. They have always been a favorite of mine and I love these spicy cookies both hard and soft varieties.
It’s a fall and holiday tradition in our house to make and decorate cookies each year. It’s a fun time with the kids rolling and cutting out dough and it’s something we all look forward to each year.
One of my favorite to make are these Swedish Spice Cookies. They are full of traditional spices like ginger, cloves, and cinnamon and can be baked to a desired crispness. We like to roll them out and use cookie cutters, but you can also roll the dough into a cylinder and cut into rounds that way. We tend to make these around the holidays- but they are good at any time of year!
How to Make Swedish Spice Cookies
You will need:
3.5 cups flour
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp cloves
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup molasses
In a bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Then set aside.
In a large mixer bowl cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. This takes about 10 minutes at least, don’t cut time here- you want light and fluffy, not just combined.
Add in the egg and the molasses and mix until thoroughly combined.
Gradually add in the dry ingredients and blend well.
Now it’s time to chill the dough so it’s not too sticky when you try and roll it out. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill the dough for a couple hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
When you are ready to bake, roll out spice cookie dough to 1/4-1/8 inch thickness. You will want to do this on a well floured surface to prevent sticking.
Cut out with cookie cutters- I have a large set of holiday themed cookie cutters that I love.
Bake your Swedish spice cookies at 350 for 8-10 min. Closer to the 8 minute time if you prefer them on the softer side, longer if you like them crisp.
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Decorating Your Spice Cookies
Swedish spice cookies are great plain, but if you want to decorate, you have a couple of options.
My favorite way to decorate these Swedish spice cookies is with royal icing. It’s get pretty crunchy on the outside with a bit of softness on the inside and it’s easy to make really fun and great looking cookies.
Try my recipe for the best royal icing.
Another option is to use a simple sugar glaze. This is simple to mix with milk, powdered sugar, and a little vanilla. Just mix until you reach the consistency you want and then either brush the glaze on the spice cookies or dip them face down into the bowl.
Storing Swedish Spice Cookies
I’ll admit that around my house, cookies don’t last that long. With 8 people- all of us with a sweet tooth- they just get eaten too fast!
But to store your cookie, place them in an air tight container at room temperature. They’ll last at least a week.
If you don’t think you will consume them in time, you can freeze them before decorating.
Or decorate them and give them as gifts (or leave them out for Santa!)
- 3.5 cups flour
- 2 tsp ginger
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp cloves
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup molasses
- In a bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Then set aside.
- In a large mixer bowl cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add in the egg and the molasses and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Gradually add in the dry ingredients and blend well.
- Chill the dough for a couple hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
- Roll out spice cookie dough to 1/4-1/8 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters
- Bake at 350 for 8-10 min. Closer to the 8 minute time if you prefer them on the softer side, longer if you like them crisp.
- Decorate as desired