Old-Fashioned Cloves Cookies

Old-Fashioned Cloves Cookies

From a book published in 1903, this is a super-easy delicious spiced sugar cookie!


4 dozen cookies


2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


1. In a mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter. Beat in eggs, spices, baking powder, and flour. Work flour in as needed to make a stiff dough. (May require an extra half cup or so.) If you wish to cut out the cookies, make the dough stiff enough to roll out.

2. Cut out cookies or form into 1-inch balls (press down if desired). Place cookies a couple inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets.

3. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-13 minutes, until done. Cool on wire racks.

Old-Fashioned Cloves Cookies

Old-Fashioned Cloves Cookies

Old Fashioned Cloves Cookies

Old Fashioned Cloves Cookies

Additional Notes: 

The ingredients for this recipe were originally taken from the book Household Discoveries by Sidney Morse, c. 1903.

We found the book at a rummage sale and my brother Phillip decided to try this recipe from it. We liked the cookies and nicknamed them "Cloves Cookies" because of the strong clove flavor. :)

The original recipe didn't give a baking temperature or time, and all the instructions are my own, of course. :)

Old-Fashioned Cloves Cookies

My younger sister Amy blogged about making these cookies here! :)

*I like to use whole wheat flour for half of this.

Old-Fashioned Cloves Cookies

Preparation Time: 

20 minutes

Cooking Time: 

10-13 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This is a yummy old-fashioned spice cookie! :) We all love these. :)


I changed the recipe around (I'm vegan, but for the sake of it, used one egg), and instead of butter, oil. I made half of this, because it's for so many cookeis! Really good! Added extra nutmeg because I don't have clover.... it's a recipe you can't mess up on! Very very good, thanks! Mine also rose a lot more than in the picture.. and I made them very small.. do bake less than 10 minutes though, because then they should come out softer rather than the crispy that they are now!


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