Brown Sugar and Spice Winter Mitten Cookies

These Brown Sugar and Spice Winter Mitten Cookies are such a festive way to celebrate winter! The sugar cookie base can be cut into any shape and decorated for any season.

brown sugar and spice cookies

A loooong time ago, I mentioned I was doing a product review for CSN Stores. Well it took me some time to decide on a product, mainly because they have such a large selection of kitchen products, but I finally settled on this Calphalon Stainless Steel Stock Pot.

It ended up being good timing because I dropped my only stockpot (a different brand) on my kitchen floor, and it dented! I was very upset because the lid no longer fit, so that sort of made my product choice easy – must replace the stock pot! This is a great product! It’s so heavy and lives up the quality you’d expect from a brand like Calphalon. I highly doubt this pot would dent should I drop it, although I’m trying to be much more careful in the kitchen 🙂 Thank you so much CSN!  

Now to the mittens . . .

Brown Sugar and Spice Winter Mitten Cookies on a white platter decorated with "Let it snow!" sayings and winter designs

Sometime in the last year or so I saw some super cute red mitten cookies. I couldn’t wait to make them for Christmas, and I actually ordered the cookie cutter this summer!

I made these for our Holiday Open House, and they looked so cute on the holiday dessert table!

mitten cookies on a platter

I had planned to make these mittens with Bridget’s Brown Sugar and Spice Cookies instead of my go-to sugar cookie recipe, and seeing them on Annie’s Eats reaffirmed my plan.

mitten cookies

These mittens were a lot of fun to make – and I was assisted by one of my favorite kitchen helpers, my sister Lisa. She came up with some very creative designs for the mittens, and she’s getting to be so talented with royal icing. I think it’s so fun to make these cookies, but it’s even better to make them with someone you love. Thanks for helping, Lisa! ☺

mitten cookies

Several people have commented that they would like to learn how to do the royal icing. I have provided links to other blogs in the past, but would anyone benefit from me doing a photo-tutorial in the future? There are a lot of great tutorials on other blogs (like Marian’s and Bridget’s), so I don’t want to do it unless it would be useful to my readers. Please let me know!

mitten cookies
up close of Let It Snow cookie

Gluten Free Sugar and Spice Cookies

I have not tried it myself with this recipe, but I have good luck using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour in place of all purpose flour.

Brown Sugar & Spice Winter Mitten Cookies with Royal Icing Pin

Looking for More Winter Cookies?

Check out these other cookie recipes:
Snowflake Gingerbread Cookies
Santa’s Whiskers Cookies
Triple Chocolate Biscotti
Dark Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
Pastel Christmas Cookies
Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
Christmas Butter Cookies
Chocolate Spritz Cookies

brown sugar and spice cookies

Brown Sugar and Spice Winter Mitten Cookies

A classic sugar cookie amped up with brown sugar and warm spices. These can be rolled in any shape and decorated how you like.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Dry Time 16 hours
Total Time 16 hours 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 26 or more medium cookies


  • Mitten cookie cutter


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Optional Decorations:

  • 1 batch Royal Icing
  • red (no taste) food coloring gel
  • white sugar pearls


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Whisk the flour, baking powder, and spices; set aside.
  • Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and extracts, and mix until well-blended.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom. The dough will be quite thick. You may need to knead in stray bits of flour from the bottom of the bowl by hand.
  • Roll on a floured surface and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 9 – 12 minutes, depending on the size of your cookie cutter.  
  • Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.  
  • To decorate these cookies, thin the royal icing and color it red. Using a pastry bag with a small round tip, outline the mittens, then immediately flood. Let dry overnight. Use a slightly thinned untinted royal icing to pipe designs, add sugar pearls to wet icing. Dry at room temperature until fully set.


Source: Adapted from Bake at 350
You’re Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword cookies, dessert, holiday

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