Grandma’s Christmas Spice Cutouts

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch


about 7 dozen

Updated: May. 10, 2023
My great-grandmother made these, and the tradition was passed down in the family—without a written recipe! My mother would always start them the day after Thanksgiving, which was exciting for us kids, as we knew Christmas wasn’t far off. They are easy to decorate with family; my grandchildren always look forward to them.—Elaine Phelps, Cornell, Wisconsin
Grandma's Christmas Spice Cutouts Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups molasses
  • 2 cups dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup shortening, melted
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 10 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon powdered star anise
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt


  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients. Whisk together remaining ingredients; add to molasses mixture and mix well. Refrigerate, covered, 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into desired shapes with floured 2-in. cookie cutters; place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 109 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.