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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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Sugar and Spice Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Refrigerate dough 30 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 85 kcal
Author Julie Blanner


  • 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


  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.

Recipe 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 Facts
Sugar and Spice Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 85 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 46mg2%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Sugar 2g2%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.