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True Spice Cookies


Mace and nutmeg are derived from the fruit of the same tree, Myristica fragrans, Mace is the thin, bright-red, lacelike covering over the shell of the nutmeg. Its flavor is similar to nutmeg's, but more delicate; if you don't have it on hand, substitute 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg.

For best results, the dough should chill for 8 to 12 hours in the refrigerator.
STORE: In an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. The dough may be wrapped well and refrigerated for up to 5 days. Freeze the baked cookies in a heavy-duty resealable plastic food storage bag for 2 to 4 months.

Makes about 36 cookies.


  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon mace
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves


Whisk together the olive oil, molasses, 1 cup of the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in a large bowl.

In a separate medium bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, mace and cloves. Add to the wet ingredients and stir until well combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl. Use the palms of your hands to form the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls, then roll them in the sugar. Place the balls on the baking sheets spaced 2 inches apart; bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the tops of the cookies crack. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutritional Information[]

  • 112 Calories
  • 5g Fat
  • 1g saturated fat
  • 12 mg cholesterol
  • 90 mg sodium
  • 16g carbohydrates
  • 1g dietary fiber
  • 1g protien.

Adapted from "Olive Oil Baking," by Lisa A. Sheldon (Cumberland House, 2007).