Swedish Spice Cutouts

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling • Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


about 4 dozen

Updated: Jun. 10, 2023
My sister, Judith, brought this recipe with her when she came to the United States from Sweden in 1928.—Lilly Decker, Clancy, MT
Swedish Spice Cutouts Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Optional: Slivered almonds and frosting of choice


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in the egg, corn syrup and molasses. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 4-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Top with almonds if desired or leave plain.
  3. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Frost plain cookies if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 119 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.