Spiced Holiday Sugar Cookies

A twist on traditional sugar cookies, this recipe offers a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg for holiday inspired flavor that kids and adults alike will enjoy!

Serves: Makes 6 dozen or 24 (3 cookie) servings.
20 mins Prep time 8 mins Cook time
20 mins Prep time
8 mins Cook time
  • Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat granulated sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Refrigerate dough 2 hours or overnight until firm.

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface* to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into shapes with favorite cookie cutters. Place on greased baking sheets.

  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

  • For the Icing, mix all ingredients except food colors. (Stir in additional milk as needed to thin icing or more confectioners' sugar to thicken, if needed.) Place small amount of icing into small shallow bowls, using one bowl for each color desired. Stir drops of food color into icing until desired shade is reached.

  • To ice cookies, hold cookie by its edge and dip top of cookie into icing. (Or spoon the icing onto cookie using a teaspoon.) Place iced cookies on wire rack set over foil-covered baking sheet to dry. (The foil-covered baking sheet will catch drips.) To add decorative details to cookies, spoon tinted icing into resealable plastic bag. Snip off a tiny piece of the corner. Squeeze icing through hole in plastic bag to decorate cookies. If desired, Colored Sugar may be sprinkled onto freshly iced cookies.

Cooking tip

Test Kitchen Tip: Mix 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar to use for dusting surface.

Variations: For the variations below, omit the cinnamon and the nutmeg. Use the following extract in place of the vanilla extract in the cookies:
Almond Holiday Sugar Cookies: Use 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Flavor.

Orange Holiday Sugar Cookies: Use 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Orange Extract.

Lemon Holiday Sugar Cookies: Use 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 184Calories: 184Cholesterol: 29mg
  • Sodium: 137mgProtein: 2g
  • Total Fat: 8gFiber: 0g
  • Carbohydrate: 26g

Ratings & Reviews: 4

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  • Jennifer on 05/14/2014

    Easy and delicious, i skipped the frosting and it was fine and easier to pack in school lunches without.

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  • Nina on 06/29/2013

    Best sugar cookie ever! Very flavorful and not overpowering. Love the crisp outside and tender inside and so easy to make. I have been making these cookies since the springtime recipe I found last year and each time I make them everyone asks for the recipe!! Love the easy way it is to roll out and until I tried this glaze recipe I was never able to glaze a cookie! Thank you McCormick for a real recipe keeper!

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  • John on 12/16/2015

    Its good, but not outstanding. Cinnamon and nutmeg taste nice.

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