Shortbread Cookies (with Sugar and Spice) | Julie Blanner

LAST UPDATED: Feb 14, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Sep 22, 2016 | By: Julie Blanner

These Sugar and Spiced Shortbread Cookies are crunchy, buttery cookies that have a lot of flavor and almost no fuss. These Shortbread Cookies with Spice are perfect for fall and holiday entertaining and will fill your home with the most beautiful aroma!

Ssugar and spiced shortbread cookies on a baking sheet

Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what these cookies are made of. In my bedroom, I had a darling little plaque that said “Sugar and spice, and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of.” I couldn’t help but think of it when baking and naming these cookies.

The subtle scent of spices and pretty crystalized sugar were the perfect compliment to basic shortbread cookies. Sugar and Spice Shortbread Cookies are a great way to enjoy the flavors of fall and winter. I even stamped a few for Fall Cookie Week, though the temperature has to be just right or it’s a little tricky.

To Make Sugar and Spiced Shortbread Cookies You Will Need:

You only need a handful of ingredients to make this spiced cookie recipe!

  • Butter
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Flour
  • Ground spices: cinnamon, ginger, cloves.

How To Make Sugar and Spiced Shortbread Cookies

It doesn’t take long to make these fall cookies!

  1. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add flour, cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves.
  3. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes {no longer}, while preheating oven to 325 degrees.
  4. Make 1″ dough balls and press with a sugar coated glass.
  5. Bake 12 minutes.

A cookie stamped with a fall cookie week logo

Sugar and Spiced Cookies Are Perfect For Festive Gifts

These cookies stack beautifully, making them great for gifting and when using a cookie scoop to keep the size consistent, it yields about 3 dozen. If you are looking for a food gift to give friends and family, these are perfect! Full of festive flavors, they’re sure to go down a treat!

What’s The Difference Between A Sugar Cookie And A Shortbread Cookie?

Shortbread is a classic cookie to bake around the festive period, as are sugar cookies, but there’s a few key differences:

  • Sugar cookies have much more ingredients.
  • Sugar cookies are typically sweeter.
  • Shortbread cookies are crumbly in texture.
  • Shortbread is usually cooked at a lower temperature.

If sugar cookies are more your thing, check out these recipes!

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

Close up of sugar and spiced shortbread cookies on parchment paper

How Long Do Shortbread Cookies Keep?

Because shortbread cookies have a denser texture, they keep for slightly longer than other cookies. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature, and they will keep well for around a week. You can also freeze the cookies for 3 to 4 weeks, so they are great to make ahead of time in anticipation for the holiday season!

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A sugar and spiced shortbread cookie topped with sugarTop Tips To Make Sugar and Spiced Shortbread Cookies

  • Line your baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking sheet for easy removal.
  • Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes but no longer, before baking.
  • Use a cookie scoop to measure the dough so you have consistent sizes.
  • Bake the cookies in a pre heated oven for the best results.

A tray of cookies

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Sugar and Spice Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies are crunchy, buttery cookies that have a lot of flavor and almost no fuss. These Shortbread Cookies with Spice are perfect for fall and holiday entertaining and will fill your home with the most beautiful aroma!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Refrigerate dough: 30 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 36
Calories: 85kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 c butter softened
  • 1/2 c dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Instructions

  • Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add flour, cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves.
  • Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes {no longer}, while preheating oven to 325 degrees.
  • Make 1" dough balls and press with a sugar coated glass.
  • Bake 12 minutes.

Notes

These cookies stack beautifully, making them great for gifting and when using a cookie scoop to keep the size consistent, it yields about 3 dozen.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 13mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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