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Spicy Smiles


Spicy Smiles

Of this Thanksgiving dessert recipe, Desserts Required says, "Spicy Smiles are one of the most addictive cookies I have found... and they don't even have chocolate in them." We recommend you perfect these now. 


Note: The parchment paper will slide around when you spread the batter on it. Hold the edge of the paper to keep it in place. The edges will not be perfectly smooth, but they are not part of the smile.

The drinking glass is used, instead of a cookie cutter, because the cookie is too high for most cookie cutters.

The first cookie cut in each column will look like a half-circle. The rest will be smiles.

If you are not feeling like it is a smiley type of day, cut the baked goodies into bars and serve like a brownie.


  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Pound light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup walnut pieces, chopped


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Line a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Set aside.

Combine the butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, and mix on medium-high speed to thoroughly combine, for 2 minutes. (This will not be light and fluffy.) Add the eggs and beat for 1 minute. Add the vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until well incorporated. Lastly, stir in the walnut pieces.

Spread into the baking dish and bake for 35 minutes, rotating the pan around halfway through. Cool completely.

Once cool, transfer the parchment paper to a cutting board. To make smile cutting easier, use a large sharp knife to cut off 1 horizontal side crust and 1 vertical side crust. Using a drinking glass (about 3 inches in diameter), push down on the top of the glass to cut the cookies into crescent shapes (smiles). Think of the large spicy smile block as a board. As you work your way up, there will be 2 columns of smiles. You will have pieces left over.