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Spice Cookie Dough

For tinted cookies, add drops of gel-paste food coloring once the flour is incorporated.

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Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2010


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder (omit if making thumbprints, ball cookies, or spritz cookies)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Beat butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, ground cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and pepper and beat until combined. Proceed with variations:

    Thumbprints and Ball Cookies

    Shaped Icebox Cookies

    Layered Icebox Cookies

    Glazed Spritz Cookies

    Cutout Cookies


If you'd like to try a variation, see what ingredients to add:

Basic Vanilla Dough
Chocolate Cookie Dough
Citrus Cookie Dough

Cook's Notes

Dough can be refrigerated overnight or frozen for up to 1 month.


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