This cookie practically spells Christmas to me. The recipe was given to me by a friend of my sister’s about 25 years ago and it remains one of my all-time Christmas cookie favorites. Soft, chewy and the icing is to die for.

Besides the wonderful taste, outrageous butter frosting and spicy holiday aroma of these Spice Cookies, I think one of the reasons it remains my favorite cookie is I don’t even have to take out the mixer for it…seriously!

Don’t be tempted to dive to the back of your spice cabinet for these ingredients. Sure, they’re probably there, but if you haven’t used them since last Christmas you’re better off tossing them and start with fresh ones. It really makes a difference.

Be very careful, as these are addictive.


  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 Tbs. vinegar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. bk. soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ cup shortening (Crisco)
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350.

Stir vinegar and milk, set aside.
Sift together all dry ingredients and set aside.
Cream the shortening, sugar and eggs.
Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir in raisins and nuts.
Drop spoonfuls of dough 2” apart (these cookies spread)  on greased sheet. Bake 15 minutes.


¾ cup butter
3 cups confectioners sugar
3 Tbs. evaporated milk
1 ½ tsp. vanilla x

Lightly brown the butter in a pot over med heat, making sure not to burn. (Remove from the heat after it starts to bubble and turn golden. This step is key) Blend in remainder of ingredients. Frost cooled cookies.

Seriously folks…look at the peaks on this icing.

christmas spice cookie

I hope you enjoy my all time Christmas Cookie favorite as much as I do!