Total Time
2hrs 12mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 12 mins

A favorite spice cookie from the award winning cookie collection at Sunset Magazine

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat 1/2 cup butter and the brown sugar until well blended.
  2. Add eggs and beat until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, stir baking soda in 1 tablespoon hot water until dissolved; beat into butter mixture.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and salt.
  5. Add to butter mixture, stir to mix, then beat until well blended.
  6. Stir in pecans and citron.
  7. Divide dough in half and shape each portion into a log about 11 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  8. Wrap logs separately in waxed paper and freeze until firm enough to slice, at least 1 hour.
  9. Unwrap dough.
  10. Cut logs crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and place about 1 inch apart on buttered 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.
  11. Bake cookies in a 350° regular or convection oven until lightly browned, 8 to 12 minutes; if baking two sheets at once in one oven, switch their positions halfway through baking.
  12. Let cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then use a wide spatula to transfer to racks to cool completely.
Most Helpful

I wasn't sure what to expect of this cookie since I never before baked with cloves or candied fruit. Well, what a pleasant surprise! This is a very nice cookie and not too sweet. I used non-stick spray on the cookie sheets. I got 100 cookies out of the batch. I watched the cookies closely since they 'go over the edge' very quickly (cookies are still edible, just a bit crisper). I did do a double take and had momentary panic when I took out 1 stick of butter (1/4 lb as in the ingredients) and then read 1/2C butter in the instructions. It took me a few moments to realize that they were the same. BTW, DH kept telling me 'these cookies are terrible' each time he shoved one in his mouth! LOL. Thanks for a nice cookie.

Ducky February 10, 2004