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Oblique shot of small round cookies with whole cloves and cinnamon sticks on a piece of crumpled parchment paper on a brown wood surface.

Vanilla Spice Slice-and-Bake Cookies

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 27 minutes
  • Yield: ~4 dozen


Fill your home with the scent of the Christmas market with homemade vanilla spice cookies. They’re perfect to set out for Santa.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch ground nutmeg


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter on medium speed. Gradually add the brown sugar, beating well until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, and beat well.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, chopped pecans, and spices. Add this dry mixture to the butter mixture and stir to combine on low speed.
  3. Shape the dough into two logs approximately 12 inches in length. Wrap each in waxed paper and chill for at least 2 hours.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Cut dough into 1/4-inch slices.
  5. Place on ungreased baking sheets (or line with silicone mats for easy cleanup), spacing them about 1/2 to 1 inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until set and  golden brown on the bottom.
  6. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: vanilla, warming spices, cookie, Christmas, slice and bake