According to the nursery rhyme, little girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice. Well, that’s what these cookies are made of too. These are basically sugar cookies with lots of spices to make them oh so nice. Crispy and crunchy on the exterior and soft and chewy in the centre, these sugar and spice cookies are perfect for afternoon tea or after-dinner coffee. I had mine with hot chocolate while I snuggled up with the puppies to watch the latest episode of my favourite show.
Make these cookies tonight because they are flavourful and relatively easy to make. They can be adjusted to anyone’s tastes. Add a bit of more spice if you like, or omit something altogether. I think they would also be fantastic with lemon or orange zest. Yum! If possible, try using as many freshly ground or grated spices as possible. You’ll be thanking me when these cookies’ sweet, warm, spicy aroma fills your home. Enjoy!
Freshly Baked Sugar and Spice Cookies
- 2 ¾ cups whole-wheat flour
- 1 ½ cups sugar granulated
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 2 medium eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 dash salt
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
- 1 dash ground white pepper
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In another bowl, beat sugar and soft butter together until creamy and fluffy.
- Beat in eggs and then the vanilla and almond extracts.
- Add flour mixture, mixing until all is incorporated. The dough should look like wet sand yet stick together when pinched together.
- Using a 1 teaspoon scoop, place scoops of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with either parchment paper or a Silpat mat. For making 3-inch cookies, use a 1 tablespoon scoop. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cookies to cool for a couple of minutes before serving.