Cinnamon Spice Cookies Recipe

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The holiday season is the perfect time of year to make Cinnamon Spice Cookies. While the warmth of the cinnamon along with the other spices evokes the holidays, this cookie can be enjoyed all year long.

Cinnamon Spice Cookies on a Christmas plate.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

  • It’s an easy recipe that uses ingredients you most likely have on hand.
  • Try a new holiday cookie recipe, because a spiced cinnamon cookie isn’t common, for a cookie swap party. It’s sure to be a welcomed addition.
  • You need to plan to chill the dough for at least an hour. If you need to chill it longer it will keep overnight.
  • You can use a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. I prefer a stand mixer.

Key Ingredients

Start with all of your ingredients at room temperature.

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Cloves
  • Ground Ginger
  • Vegetable Shortening
  • Sugar
  • Molasses
  • Large Egg
Three jars of spices, ginger root, cloves, and cinnamon on a holiday cloth.

Tips and Suggestions

  • For best results, line baking sheets with either parchment paper or silicone baking mats. The cinnamon spice cookies won’t stick and will bake evenly.
  • Get perfectly shaped cookies by using a cookie scoop.
  • Bake cookies in a preheated oven.
  • Cool cinnamon spice cookies for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

What do cinnamon sugar spiced cookies taste like?

Using the term spice in this cookie doesn’t mean heat or spicy. It refers to the baking spices, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, typically known as warm spices. These delicious cookies will soon become one of your favorite recipes.

When my boys tried these cinnamon spice drop cookies they both immediately said they tasted like a popular teddy bear shaped graham treat. And, boy do they make your house smell good while baking! My husband said our house “smelled like Christmas”.

The flavors are equally dispersed and while they are called cinnamon spice cookies it’s not the predominant flavor. If you want a more ginger flavored cookie, increase the ground ginger in small increments.

For a crispy cookie use the full bake time. If you prefer soft spice cookies, bake for a few minutes less.

These delicious cinnamon cookies are reminiscent of crinkle cookies. Though they aren’t rolled in powdered sugar, they are rolled in a cinnamon sugar mixture.

A cinnamon spice cookie being held over a Christmas plate with more cookies on it.

How do you serve cinnamon spice cookies?

Cinnamon spice cookies pair nicely with a glass of milk, cup of tea, or easy caramel coffee. They are a delicious cookie recipe that makes a nice addition to a holiday cookie tin or platter.

How do you store spice cookies?

These cookies will stay fresh in a covered container for up to 5 days. No need to refrigerate them, just keep them in an airtight container.

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More cookie recipes with warm spices

Honey oatmeal spice cookies have a delightful combination of spices sweetened with honey. Cinnamon roll cookies are a cinnamon roll in buttery form. If you like chewier cookies, try my oatmeal ginger cookies.

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Cinnamon Sugar Spiced Cookies

Warm spices come together in this cookie which will be a new favorite.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Desserts and Sweets
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 ½ cups sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 large egg


  • Preheat oven to 350℉. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer that is fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the shortening and 1 cup of the sugar. Add the flour mixture and mix to combine. Add in the molasses and the egg. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and chill until firm, 1 hour.
  • Using a cookie scoop, roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the dough balls in the remaining ½ cup sugar and place on the prepared cookie sheet, spaced 1- to 1 ½ inches apart.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

This recipe requires 1 hour of chilling time. Be sure to plan for it.
Allow cookie sheets to cool between batches.

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