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Grandma’s Christmas Spice Cutouts

My great-grandmother made these, and the tradition was passed down in the family—without a written recipe! My mother would always start them the day after Thanksgiving, which was exciting for us kids, as we knew Christmas wasn’t far off. They are easy to decorate with family; my grandchildren always look forward to them.—Elaine Phelps, Cornell, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 7 dozen


  • 2 cups molasses
  • 2 cups dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup shortening, melted
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 10 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon powdered star anise
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt


  • Combine the first five ingredients. Whisk together remaining ingredients; add to molasses mixture and mix well. Refrigerate, covered, 3 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into desired shapes with floured 2-in. cookie cutters; place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 109 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.
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  • LaDonna
    Oct 29, 2019

    Dose anyone know if you can decorate these with royal icing like you would sugar cookies? Ty

  • LoungeDog
    Oct 17, 2018

    Yum! These cookies have just the right spice/sweet taste. This recipe makes a ton of cookies - perfect if you need to take something with you to a party or to wrap up and give as a gift.