Monday’s Mystery Recipe Episode 22: Spice-of-Life Cookies

by Amy

While the holidays are quickly approaching, I’m still working through my Diane Mott Davidson novels and loving them! This week, I’m sharing a recipe from Chopping Spree, Davidson’s 11th novel, and I’m down to the last 20 pages and still don’t know who done it! I think I’m close to figuring it out, but I’m just not quite there.  Davidson does such a great job of keeping the guilty party a secret, I love the anticipation of trying to solve the mystery!

So, in keeping with the upcoming holidays, the recipe options in this book were perfect.  I chose to try the Spice-of-Life Cookies partially because of the spices integrated into the cookies, but also due to the time factor.  I knew they would mix up relatively quickly and I didn’t have a whole lot of daylight left to take pictures.   I did make a few modifications to the original recipe, mainly due to personal preference, but these cookies turned out wonderful!

If you are looking for a spicy, warm cookie fresh from the oven to finish a holiday platter, you’ve found the right recipe. Diane Mott Davidson’s Chopping Spree, is full of great recipes that I know you will love and I think several are perfect for the holidays!

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Spice-of-Life Cookies

November 12th, 2012


1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg


Preheat the oven to 375° and line four cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl combine the butter, shortening, and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the egg and molasses and mix well.

Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Gradually add to the above mixture and mix until well combined.

Using a small cookie scoop, portion the dough out onto the parchment lined baking sheets. My cookies were small enough I could easily fit 15 cookies on each sheet. These cookies will spread, so if you are using a smaller cookie sheet, leave at least 2 inches between each cookie to allow for the spreading.

Bake in a 375° oven for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies spread and have a crackly surface. Remove from the oven and place cookie sheet on a cooling rack. Let cookies cool completely on cookie sheets.


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Adapted from Diane Mott Davidson's novel, Chopping Spree

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Stacy November 16, 2012 at 10:20 am

Found this recipe on Pinterest. I just made these spice cookies and though they turned out well, I’d like to suggest that you roll the dough balls in sugar before baking or make a glaze to put on the cookies after they are done. Without the sugar or glaze, I thought the cookies were a bit bland. They are a very attractive cookie when rolled in sugar ahead of time! Also, I put the first batch in for 12 minutes and they are a teeny bit dark on the bottom. The rest of the pans went in for 10 minutes and they were perfect. Thanks for the recipe — I love trying new things!


Patw December 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

Just found your web!! I love reading her books but have never tried making any of the recipes yet. I will have to try this. Enjoy the rest of the book!


Margaret December 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

LOVE her books and have printed out her recipes but have never made them. Thanks for the motivation.


Leslie May 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I love her books, also. I have made lots of her recipes!
Sadly, I have read all of her books, any suggestions for something similiar to read?


Amy January 25, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Hi Leslie!
The only other author that I know of is Joanne Fluke. I’m a little more partial to Diane Mott Davidson’s novels, but they are still a fun read. Hope you enjoy them!


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