Gingerbread Spiced Sugar Cookies

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These yummy spiced sugar cookies are light, buttery, crispy and totally addictive! Plus they are beautiful and easy to make!

top down shot of sugar cookies

‘Tis the season to be baking, fa-la-la-la-la… that’s what I sing to myself when I’m in the kitchen on my third sugar cookie recipe because the other ones didn’t make the cut. Oh yes, the dough is flying! I absolutely love decorating sugar cookies, especially around this time of year, but I’ve never been a huge fan of eating them. I’m such a gooey, chocolate lover that I would never choose a sugar cookie over a yummy, warm chocolate chip cookie. So this year I decided to add some gingerbread spices to my sugar cookie batter, giving me a Gingerbread Spice Sugar Cookie! I ended up liking the sugar cookie recipe from Dori Greenspan’s book of Baking the best. They’re crispy and have a delicious, buttery flavor. The spices add a nice touch to the flavor as well and of course the royal icing gilds the lily! I even went decorating crazy and created the super easy snowflake design! Oh and I’m just a tad bit obsessed with my copper cookie cutters! See the recipe and decorating how-to below.

shot of spiced sugar cookies being iced

How To Make Spiced Sugar Cookies – Step By Step

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat the butter until soft and fluffy.
  • Add in the sugar and beat for another 3 minutes on high.
  • Add in the egg and egg yolk and beat on high for another 2 minutes.
  • Beat in the vanilla.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices in a bowl.
  • With the mixer on low add in the flour mixture. Mix for a minute and then finish with a spatula. You don’t want to overwork the flour.
  • Refrigerate the dough for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Roll the dough out with flour to cut cookie shapes.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes. Let them cool before you frost.

Royal Icing Recipe

  • Beat all of the ingredients above on high for a few minutes.
    The goal of this frosting is to to get a consistency that won’t spread when creating an outline, but blends perfectly for filling in the center… sounds easy right?
  • If it’s too thick add a little more water (like 1 teaspoon at a time) and if it’s too thin add more powdered sugar.
  • Remove 1 cup of the frosting and set aside to dye red.
  • The remaining white frosting can be placed in a pipping bag with a small round tip.
  • Place the red in a piping bag with an even smaller round tip.
side shot of spiced sugar cookie and icing bag
  • You have to work fast with this design because the frosting dries quickly.
  • The white frosting needs to be wet in order to create this design. So I decorated one side of the cookie fully before moving to the next.
    Outline and fill in one side with white frosting.
  • Make a zigzag line down the snowflake sides. Then, gently run a knife straight down the middle. That’s it!
montage of cookies being iced with white and red  icing

Sugar Cookies Vs Shortbread Cookies

Sugar cookies have many ingredients, including butter, flour, eggs, flavoring, salt and a leavening agent such as baking powder or baking soda. Sugar cookies are typically sweeter than shortbread cookies, and have a lighter, crisper texture.

It’s no coincidence that sugar cookies are so popular around Christmas and other festive periods. They are a light and buttery cookie, which is great for a time when there’s so much food flying around! Plus they can be easily decorated and used as yummy holiday ornaments. They really are the MVP cookie for any holiday!

What Is Royal Icing?

For these spiced sugar cookies I used royal icing for decoration. It’s a simple and versatile icing, that is perfect for creating delicious decorative cookies.
Royal icing is a hard white icing, made from softly beaten egg whites, icing sugar, and sometimes lemon or lime juice.  You can use it to get a lovely smooth covering or sharp peaks.

close up overhead shot of iced spiced sugar cookie

Top Tips For Spiced Sugar Cookies

Soft And Chewy Frosted Sugar Cookies by The Busy Baker

  • Baking powder can cause your cookies to spread. So Make sure to measure ingredients carefully.
  • Chill the Dough before Baking your Cookies.
  • If you can, invest in some cookie cutters, they really speed up the process.
  • Make sure to preheat your oven before baking
top down shot of copper cookie cutter

Mini Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies

Easy Brushstroke Sugar Cookies

Wildflower Fondant Cookies

Bakery Style Rolled Sugar Cookies by Seasons And Suppers

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How to make charming snowflake cookies

Gingerbread Spice Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are perfect for the festive season!
4.60 from 5 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 15 to 18 cookies (depending on size)
Calories: 335kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

Gingerbread Spice Sugar Cookies

  • 10 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon all-spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Royal Icing Recipe

  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 8 tablespoons warm water, more or less depending on consistency

Instructions

Gingerbread Spice Sugar Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat the butter until soft and fluffy.
  • Add in the sugar and beat for another 3 minutes on high.
  • Add in the egg and egg yolk and beat on high for another 2 minutes.
  • Beat in the vanilla.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices in a bowl.
  • With the mixer on low add in the flour mixture. Mix for a minute and then finish with a spatula. You don’t want to overwork the flour.
  • Refrigerate the dough for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Roll the dough out with flour to cut cookie shapes.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes. Let them cool before you frost.

Royal Icing Recipe

  • Beat all of the ingredients above on high for a few minutes.
  • The goal of this frosting is to to get a consistency that won’t spread when creating an outline, but blends perfectly for filling in the center… sounds easy right? If it’s too thick add a little more water (like 1 teaspoon at a time) and if it’s too thin add more powdered sugar.
  • Remove 1 cup of the frosting and set aside to dye red. The remaining white frosting can be placed in a pipping bag with a small round tip.
  • Place the red in a piping bag with an even smaller round tip.

To Decorate the Cookie

  • You have to work fast with this design because the frosting dries quickly. The white frosting needs to be wet in order to create this design. So I decorated one side of the cookie fully before moving to the next.
  • Outline and fill in one side with white frosting.
  • Make a zigzag line down the snowflake sides. Then, gently run a knife straight down the middle. That’s it!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Dori Greenpan’s book of Baking
 

Nutrition

Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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