Spice Cookies

This recipe is based on the Elevator Lady Spice Cookies recipe in Peg Bracken’s I Hate to Cook Book which I used regularly as a child. When I went off gluten & dairy back in 2003 I started experimenting with that old recipe and came up with the following.

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Mix together

½ cup oil (safflower or whatever)
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar

Add to mixture

1 egg
¼ cup molasses

Whisk together in a different bowl

2 cups gluten-free flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
¾ tsp ginger
¾ tsp clove
¼ tsp salt

Add dry to wet in parts
Mix in ¾ cup or so chopped walnuts

Place walnut-sized balls on greased cookie sheet, 2″ apart. Bake 10-12 minutes, until just before browning. (They get dry if you bake them longer). Makes 20-25 cookies.


  • Substitute ½ cup buckwheat flour for ½ cup of the gluten-free flour
  • Use fresh ginger
  • try 2 ½ tsp garam masala or chinese five spice in place of the cinnamon/ginger/clove
  • throw in some shredded coconut


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