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Giant Spice Cookies Recipe

Giant Spice Cookies Recipe

"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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 248 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 429mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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AllisonO User ID: 7446023 251883
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2016

"The taste of these is AMAZING! And the fragrance while they are baking remind me of fall! The recipe is extremely easy, however I thought the dough was a little sticky. Tip: rather than use a glass coated with cooking spray, I dipped my fingers in a cup of water and the flattened the cookies out a little. I also recommend baking these on stoneware if you have some available as they were much easier to remove and didn't get as crispy as when I used my metal cookie sheets."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 83581
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!"

cakedeco User ID: 4819309 108253
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

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

JudithRN3 User ID: 1949591 108222
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

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

cakedeco User ID: 4819309 47942
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

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

JudithRN3 User ID: 1949591 83580
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!"

JudithRN3 User ID: 1949591 83579
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"Made these excellent tasting, easy cookie last night---however Santa & employees ate them, soo will make again tonite!

they are especially good w/ coffee or another hot beverage. I did grease the cookie sheet, as per suggestion."

SHJankowski User ID: 2217466 29403
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2009

"easy to make recipe. I'm glad to have had the picture, though, or otherwise I would have thought I had missed an ingredient. The cookies raised just fine and were moist, chewy, and gooey. Be sure to emphsize greasing the cookie sheet as I had trouble sliding the cookies off the sheet to the rack to cool even with a light coating of spray oil. Their taste and their attractive appearance make them a good choice for any occaision."

bcbacj User ID: 3658055 89605
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"I made these cookies twice and they did not rise. Do they need eggs added to recipe?"

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