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Giant Spice Cookies

I heard this cookie recipe over the radio about 1950—shortly after my husband and I married. The big spicy treats are so nice and chewy, they remain my favorite to this day. —Sandy Pyeatt, Tacoma, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    10 cookies


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with a glass coated with cooking spray.
  • Bake at 375° for 13-15 minutes or until surface cracks and cookies are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition 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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  • Katherine
    Apr 14, 2019

    I love these cookies. I made them today, and they turned out great! This is the best cookie recipe I have made using a cake mix. My cookies look just like the picture. I made one inch balls and flattened them slightly. It made about 20 normal sized cookies.

  • Cindy
    Apr 12, 2019

    I think it would have been better without the added ginger...these were very, very spicy! I'm going to frost them to cut some of the heat. Other than that, good flavor, nice texture.

  • AllisonO
    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.

  • susanclifford
    Nov 18, 2015

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  • mamaknowsbest
    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
    Dec 20, 2012

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

  • JudithRN3
    Nov 21, 2012

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

  • cakedeco
    Dec 7, 2011

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

  • JudithRN3
    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
    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.