1995 1st Place: Swedish Spice Cookies

"This was posted for the ZWT 2006. I have not tried this recipe and it is compliments of fooddownunder.com by Colleen Ries. These were the first-place winner in the 1995 Chicago Tribune Holiday Cookie contest."
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Ready In:
60 cookies




  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Have ungreased baking sheet(s) ready.
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda, spices and salt; set aside.
  • Beat the butter and 1 cup of the granulated sugar in large bowl of an electric mixer on high speed until light, 1 minute.
  • Add the egg and molasses; mix well.
  • Stop the mixer and add the flour mixture.
  • Mix just until combined.
  • Using about 1 1/2 teaspoons dough for each, roll dough into balls.
  • Roll in the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar so they are fully coated.
  • Arrange on baking sheet, spacing them 2 inches apart.
  • If you prefer a thin, crisp cookie, they may be flattened with a glass that has been dipped in sugar.
  • Bake until set, 9 to 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

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  1. Unknown Chef6
    These cookies came out delicious! Mine came out very chewy because I accidently added the whole 1 1/2 cups of sugar to the cookie mixture instead of reserving the 1/2 cup for rolling balls in...yumm......! I'll make these again and again! Thanks for posting! :) Martha
  2. Chabear01
    Ditto to Charmie's comments. These are soooo darned good, and even make the house smell good while baking. I used Black Strap Molasses, we really like molasses here, and these were the best. Will be adding these to my cookies for gift making too as I am certain everyone will appreciate a box of these. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. The Dirty Pan Gang RULES!!!
  3. KK7707
    This is an excellent spice cookie - crispy on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. I added a little allspice, and will also try some cardamom next time. I just gave these a light roll through colored sugar (making some red and some green for Christmas) instead of coating them with regular sugar. Because colored sugar is usually more coarse than granulated sugar, I find it leaves a gritty texture if the cookie is completely coated in it. Thanks for a very good recipe.
  4. Cocoa
    These are awesome cookies! I added a bit of mace and allspice to mine and they are excellent. Thank you very much for sharing your recipe.
  5. Sunny In Florida
    My DH took these to work every day for over a week and he asked me to make them again. For him to tell me he likes something is unusual, so I knew he must have REALLY liked them a lot! I made following the recipe exactly and the result was a crispy on the outside, chewy inside delicious cookie that we both really liked! I can see why they won 1st place! Roni


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