Giant Spice Cookies Recipe
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Giant Spice Cookies Recipe

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"I heard this cookie recipe over the radio about 1950—shortly after my husband and I married," recalls Sandy Pyeatt of Tacoma, Washington. "The big spicy treats are so nice and chewy, they remain my favorite to this day."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 6 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 248 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 429mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (28g sugars, trace fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, ginger and baking soda. Stir in water, molasses and vanilla and mix well. Roll into 10 balls.
  2. Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with a glass coated with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 375° for 13-15 minutes or until surface cracks and cookies are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 10 cookies.
Originally published as Giant Spice Cookies in Quick Cooking January/February 2001, p16

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Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

"We love molasses/ginger cookies and cake mix cookies - I don't know why I never thought of combining the two! I made into 20 cookies. Even though the cookies were smaller than the recipe, it did require the full cooking time. As with all cake mix cookie doughs, I put the dough into the fridge for an hour before scooping. To make prettier, I rolled the cookie balls in sugar before placing in oven. Cookies were beautiful. The hardest part of this recipe was waiting for the cookies to cool and set!"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"I have been asked three years in a row to make these. They are delicious."

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"these cookies are scrumptious!!! They're not only flavorful, but really chewy.And Sooo easy to prepare."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"I added orange zest to the dough for a bit more flavor. They were easy to make and quite good."

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"Fantastic recipe-not only in taste and easy prep., but healthy recipe too! I made these twice already--the texture of this cookie is great-tasting---this is definately a keeper. I am making them now (theyr'e in the oven) for company tonight.

Thanks for sharing this recipe!"

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