Kim Van Patten says these Swedish spice cookies are popular at Christmas. Heart shapes are traditional to encourage kindness and sweetness. It certainly is nice that her Iowa State Fair blue-ribbon winners are mixed up in one saucepan!

Source: Midwest Living


Credit: Carson Downing

Recipe Summary

20 mins
3 hrs 15 mins
36 cookies


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, molasses, shortening and butter. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cook and stir over low 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool 45 minutes.

  • Add egg, cinnamon, orange zest, allspice, nutmeg, salt, baking soda, cardamom and cloves to saucepan, stirring well to mix. Add flour; mix well.

  • Divide dough in half. Wrap and chill until dough is easy to handle, at least 2 hours.

  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick. Using 3-inch cutters, cut out dough. Place cutouts 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Top with almonds and cherries. Bake until set, about 7 minutes. Remove; cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

88 calories; fat 3g; cholesterol 9mg; saturated fat 1g; carbohydrates 14g; mono fat 1g; poly fat 1g; sugars 7g; protein 1g; vitamin a 48.1IU; vitamin c 0.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.6mg; folate 16.9mcg; sodium 39mg; potassium 83mg; calcium 15mg; iron 0.7mg.