Spice Cookies Recipe with Powdered Sugar Coating

Time for a holiday cookie anyone?

Yes, it's already that time!

Can you believe we're in Christmas cookie season again?

And these spice cookies with powedered sugar are the bomb!

This time of year carries warm memories and beloved traditions and the opportunity to cherish all the little things that add up to a sum greater than their parts.

In this case, those parts happen to be flour, molasses, and a slew of cheerful spices.

My recipe for spice cookies brings an irresistible treat into your home where you can relish the shorter days and crisp air, the smell of pine and warm hearths.

Powdered Sugar or Cream Cheese For Spice Cookies?

Before we get started on making these delicious spice cookies, I have to address this divisive issue. 

Some people believe icing their cookies with cream cheese is the only way to properly make a spice cookie.

While both options are totally valid and make great tasting cookies, I just happen to really enjoy this powdered sugar version.

It adds the perfect level of sweetness and soft fluffy texture to the cookie.

Be Patient

When you make a batch of these phenomenal spice cookies you will be tempted to gobble them up warm from the oven.

The yield for this recipe is 2 dozen cookies, so you can cheat a little bit, but wait until the end.

These cookies need time to cool properly before you can add your finishing touches to make them perfect.

For now, go preheat that oven and start raiding your pantry!

Spice Cookies with Powdered Sugar

Makes 2 dozen cookies


¾ cup / 170g unsalted butter
1 cup / 220g light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1/8 cup / 42g molasses
2 cup / 240g all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground allspice
½ tsp ground ginger
1 cup / 130g powdered sugar (icing sugar)


1. Cream the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.

2. Add the egg and molasses and mix to combine.

3. In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and spices. Stir to combine.

4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined.

5. Transfer the dough to the refrigerator and chill for one hour.

6. 10 minutes before the dough is ready to bake, place the top oven rack in the centre position and preheat the oven to 375°F / 190°C.

7. Remove dough from the fridge and form balls with a 1-inch scoop.

8. Roll the dough in your hands to form a ball and set on a baking sheet with an inch or two between each cookie.

9. Place the baking sheets in the pre-heated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies are nicely browned and cooked through.

10. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool for several minutes on the tray.

11. Working in batches, transfer the cooled cookies to a Ziploc bag filled with powdered sugar.

12. Seal tightly and gently turn until the cookies are thoroughly coated.

13. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container until ready to serve. Enjoy! 

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