German Gossamer Crisp Spice Cookies

0:30 prep
1:00 total


prep 0:30       total 1:00




1-1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. apple pie spice
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1/8 tsp. ground red pepper
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar


In a medium bowl stir together flour, ginger, apple pie spice, cloves, cardamom, and red pepper; set aside.

In a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add molasses and brown sugar. Beat until combined. Beat in flour mixture just until combined.

Divide dough in half; cover and chill for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

Preheat oven to 375 F.

On a lightly floured surface roll half of the dough at a time to a 1/16 inch thickness. Using a 2-inch round scalloped cutter, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake in preheated oven for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges are browned. Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool. Makes about 18 cookies.

TO STORE: Place in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container, cover. Store at room temperature.

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Author's Comments

The paper thin cookies are traditional to northern Europe. “Gossamer” refers to something light and delicate and perfectly describes these crisp cookies.

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1 Recipe Reviews


ryansnyder reviewed German Gossamer Crisp Spice Cookies on December 6, 2010

The spices in this cookie are fantastic, although nearly overpowering, and I love the molasses flavor. They definitely remind me of a great spiced Christmas cookie.

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