So I hate gingerbread. That’s right, I admit it, one of this season’s classics is probably one of my least favorite cookies in the world. But I love spiced treats and drinks, so I wanted to find something that would work for me. Brown sugar spice cookies were most certainly the solution. These sweet and rich cookies, spiced with cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg, have quickly become my own Christmas classic. I have already made them twice, in three days!
Brown sugar spice cookies taste like Christmas in your mouth! Softer and subtler than gingerbread, these cookies are sure to be a hit.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- ½ cup butter (not softened)
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp milk
Preheat oven to 375ºF
Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl and sir until evenly mixed.
Combine butter and brown sugar in large bowl. Using hand mixer, beat on low for about 30 seconds.
Add egg and vanilla to the same large bowl and beat on medium until evenly combined.
Gradually add dry mixture in 3-4 portions into wet mixture and beat on medium until evenly combined. Dough will be a bit crumbly--that's okay!
Use hands to bring dough together.
Flour a flat surface and take about ¼ of the dough. Flatten out, flour the top, and roll to about ⅛ inch thick. Be sure to add more flour as needed if dough starts to stick to rolling pin!
Cut out cookies and place on cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
Bake 7 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool on sheet for about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
Combine powdered sugar and milk to create icing.
Decorate cookies! I also like to use mini chocolate chips for eyes and buttons when I decorate, but that is totally optional!
Using butter that is not softened will lead to cookies spreading less, without having to chill the dough. I always do this with all of my sugar cookie recipes! If making all gingerbread men shaped cookies, you can flip some/all upside down and decorate to look like reindeer.
Okay so the cookies are great tasting, but they are also so cute looking! I had so much fine piping the designs onto these bad boys, I just had to share some closer looks. All of the cookies were cute out with a gingerbread man cookie cutter, the reindeer ones were just flipped upside down! I also love using mini chocolate chips when decorating cookies, mostly for eyes and buttons, as you can see in the cookies below. Here are seven examples of reindeer and gingerbread men for inspiration!
If you try this recipe be sure to leave a comment down below with how they turned out for you! Be sure to check out all of my other Christmas cookies recipes down below.