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German Spice Cookies

These German Spice Cookies are so moist, chewy, and delicious! They’re gluten free~a delicious treat for the holidays!

I’m so happy to be one of the hosts again for this month’s #love bloghop.

And lucky you, in honor of the holiday season, this month’s theme is #coookielove!

For those of you who have already started my December Fitness Challenge, surely you deserve a cookie {or two} for all your hard work!

And, for those of you not doing the challenge…

It’s the holiday season and I simply CAN’T deny you a cookie, but promise me, pretty please, that you’ll try and get some good workout sessions in this holiday season.


So, in honor of this months #love bloghop, #cookielove, I present you with one of my family favorite holiday cookies, Miss Hull’s German Spice Cookies, modified just a wee little bit…

Miss Hull was my Grandpa VJ’s and Grandma Edith’s {now you know where I get my name!} book keeper for many, many years, at their family business, Precision Wire Products . {If you’ve ever shopped for groceries, and I’m hoping most of you have, you’ve probably used one of their shopping carts.}

I don’t remember much about Miss Hull, other than she was a super nice lady, and, without a doubt, she made some of my favorite cookies.

Studded with nuts and fruit, and deeply scented with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, these cookies are perfect for the holidays.

My version has undergone a couple of changes…

First, and most importantly, I have made them gluten-free, so I can eat them.

And second, I omitted the candied fruit, raisins, and citron, for two simple reasons…

  1. My children do not care for raisins in their cookies.
  2. I could not find any candied fruit or citron at the grocery store when I made these cookies yesterday.  {Although I heard from my father today that Bristol Farms carries candied fruit, and I also heard from SiSi and Big Tex’s friend, Jake, that the local CVS Pharmacy carries candied fruit. Candied Fruit at the Pharmacy? Who would of thunk???}

Here’s Miss Hull’s recipe, with my gluten-free substitutions in orange…

Miss Hull’s German Spice Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sour cream {I used milk since I was out of sour cream}
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 4 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cup flour {Gluten-Free Option: 1 1/2 cups sorghum OR brown rice flour, plus 1/2 cup potato starch, plus 1/2 cup tapioca flour, plus 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum}
  • 1/2-1 cup chopped nuts {I made 1/2 a batch with chopped pecans, and 1/2 a batch without nuts}
  • 1/2 cup chopped raisins {optional}
  • 1/4 cup chopped candied fruit {optional}
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped citron {optional}

Instructions: {These are Miss Hull’s original instructions, short but sweet!} Cream butter and sugar.  Add cream, molasses and eggs.  Add rest of ingredients.  Chill dough.  Break off bits of dough and flatten down 3 inches apart on greased baking sheet {or on parchment paper}.  Bake 12 minutes in moderate oven. {I took this to mean 350 degrees}.


Fill your cookie jar!

Eat some more!


My tasters included hubby, our friends, Jen and Tom, Big Tex, and Big Tex’s friends Chase and Jake.  Everyone gave the cookies a BIG thumbs up!

And, I couldn’t resist sharing just a little more #love with you…

#PUPPYLOVE! Meet Max, my mother-in-law and father-in-law’s new puppy!

And now that I’ve got you in the #cookielove kind of mode, please make sure to check out all the other scrumptious cookie posts by my fabulous co-hosts, and be sure and join the #cookielove fun by adding any cookie recipe you make and blog about this December.

Kimberly Aime-Badger Girl Learns to Cook

Becky-Baking and Cooking: A Tale of Two Loves

Erin-Big Fat Baker

Salome~Bloc de recetas

Valerie~Bon a croquer

Terra~Cafe Terra Blog

Lora-Cake Duchess

Karriann-Creative Cooking Corner

Three-Cookies-Easily Good Eats


Richa~Hobby and More


Mike~Mike’s Baking

Junia~Mis Pensamientos

T.R.~No One Likes Crumbly Cookies

Jessica-Oh Cake

Elizabeth~Queen’s Notebook

Linda-Savoring Every Bite

Reem~Simply Reem

Soni-Soni’s Food For Thought

Serena~Teaspoon of Spice

Liz-That Skinny Chick Can Bake!

Laura-The Art of Cooking Real Food

Susan-The Wimpy Vegetarian

Raji-Vegetarian Tastebuds

Happy Holidays!

What are your favorite holiday cookies? If you have kids, do they like raisins in their cookies? Do you have a cookie jar?  Getting any new pets this holiday season???

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23 thoughts on “German Spice Cookies”

  1. Those cookies look so enticing! I do a similar Swedish one (heritage) but we put pepper and lots of ginger in them – very spicy! We aren’t big sweet eaters but your cookies really do look good. Thanks so much for sharing these, and the photo of Max – adorable!

  2. Great looking cookies. Still sticking with the fitness challenge. My fave holiday time cookie is PB with the Hershey kiss on top, and of course ginger bread. No new pets for us. We are only allowed 2 on base and we are fully stocked. But that is one cute puppy they got there.

  3. For the record, I have grocery shopped before 🙂 Second, Edith and what’s the “A” in EA or are you just EA I’ve always wondered. As for cookies, I would gladly eat these, baking and I haven’t become friends yet but this recipe is possible/not to scary.

  4. I am very fond of spiced cookies… this recipe is superb! loved the pictures too…great to be hosting #cookielove with you. Your puppy is adorable.

  5. I love, love, love family or old time friend recipes! I recently found my grandmother’s recipe box in her old home (she passed away 10 years ago… we’re a little slow on going through things. Hard to believe, no?)

    The molasses make me think Christmas cookie for sure. Wish we could enjoy one together over coffee 😉

  6. You succeeded in getting me in the mood for a cookie! Nick and I just sanded cabinets for four hours, so a cookie (and milk) sounds wonderful. I wonder if these cookies would work with oat flour or brown rice flour. Those are the only two gluten free flours I’ve worked with, and they always seem to work perfectly.

  7. Holy cow, you had me at spice. These look utterly awesome, I’ll have to make them.

    Also, I love the photography you did for this recipe, really creative!

  8. These are simply beautiful and even more so with the story of where they came from – I just love reading your posts and am always inspired by your recipes. I have not tried gluten-free baking yet but these certain will be on the list when I dive in 🙂

  9. Oh I love these gorgeous spice cookies. I’m amazed with your grandparents’ business and how cool is it that this is their bookkeepers’ recipe. It makes it more special. Max is just adorable! xx

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