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Sugar and Spice Cookies

Sugar and Spice Cookies are a wonderful variation of traditional sugar cookies. With lots of warm, comforting spices, these cookies may be the ultimate comfort cookie!

Sugar and Spice Cookies on a pewter tray

I have admittedly been in a bit of a cookie-baking frenzy lately. I just can’t seem to help it! I’ll have some non-cookie recipes soon, but please indulge me while I have cookie brain this week.

Not only does December make me want to bake cookies constantly, it also makes me want to break out all those great winter spices. Sure, I use cinnamon year-round, but this time of year makes me want to add some nutmeg and allspice and cloves. Anyone else have this compulsion?

The idea of spiced sugar cookies somehow got in my head and wouldn’t go away. So, I caved and got baking. I kinda veered off the traditional sugar cookie path, though, and added some cream cheese to make them a little tastier and fluffier.

Sugar and Spice Cookies on a white plate with red trim

These Sugar and Spice Cookies are not all dressed up with frosting or sprinkles or some other eye-catching decor. But while they may not look very exciting, just bite into one and you’ll change your mind. It’s that magical crispy on the outside, soft on the inside kind of cookie. And, the flavor is just what I want in a holiday cookie!

If you’re in cookie-baking mode, too, find some inspiration among the cookie recipes here on BoB. Happy baking!

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Sugar and Spice Cookies

Yield 36 cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 34 minutes

A delicious blend of spices turns ordinary sugar cookies into these delightful Sugar and Spice Cookies.

Sugar and Spice Cookies on a pewter tray


  • 3 cups (360g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 1 & 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 ounces (113g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sanding sugar for garnish (optional)


  1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix well.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined.
  4. Cover the dough and refrigerate for an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  6. Using 2 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Flatten the top of each slightly. If desired, sprinkle each cookie with sanding sugar.
  7. Bake 12 to 14 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browed.
  8. Cool on pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. Then, transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.


*I tend to go heavy with cinnamon when given the chance. If you’re not a big cinnamon fan like I am, then use the lesser amount.

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    13 Comments on “Sugar and Spice Cookies”

  1. I’m loving spices in my cookies more and more… gotta use up those cloves somehow! These look great, almost like the cousin to the gingersnap. 😉

  2. I love all the warm spices you used here! I’m the same- in the winter it’s all dark brown sugar, cloves, allspice, and other spices that remind me of mulling wine and warming up from the cold 🙂 Love the cream cheese in here, too- my favorite sugar cookie recipe uses cream cheese, and it makes such a difference in texture!

  3. We will bake sugar cookies, Pecan and Pumpkin pie.

  4. I will be baking gingerbread men and women cookies!

  5. A crispy outside, chewy inside, AND all the spices!? These have it all!!

  6. These sound delicious with the cream cheese and spices, Jennifer! I love how puffy and thick they are too. 😃

  7. I swear…separated at birth. I LOVE to ramp up the cinnamon. Love this one too, Jennifer!!

  8. making ree’s rum cake!!

  9. making candy. peppermint bark, almond roca and peanut butter/carmel cups.

  10. Since I stumbled upon you web site I am having so much fun baking all the fall inspired recipes.  Last week I baked your pecan pie bunds cake.  Talk about delicious!!!! I have two pieces that I froze to have with my coffee one morning.
    Keep sending us all those wonderful recipes.  You bake like I like to eat.

  11. This recipe was easy and yummy. Thank you!

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