8 Easy 4 Ingredient Spice Shortbread Cookies

Crispy, tender, spiced shortbread cookies coated with powdered sugar are one of the very first cookies that are grabbed on any cookie tray.

This recipe is inspired by a local Dutch Boy cookie factory that I worked in while in high school, and the powdered sugar spice cookies were always the ones to disappear first...

This recipe is so simple and easy! All you need to use is a Spice Cake mix, add shortening and an egg! Yes, you heard right, a spice cake mix!

Use a small, 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop and flatten them slightly with the bottom of a drinking glass.

Bake & cool on a wire cooling rack.

Toss the cookies in powdered sugar to complete this decadent goodness.

Just one bite is all it takes....

and before you know it, you've eaten them all!

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Easy Spice Cake Mix Cookies

1 Spice cake mix (my favorite is Betty Crocker)
¾ c. vegetable shortening
1 egg
powdered confectioner's sugar


Combine all ingredients, mixing well.
Using a 1 T. cookie scoop, place 2” apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake in a 350° oven for 11-12 minutes.

Cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes.

Toss cookies in powdered sugar.


  1. Those do look great! Congrats on your first giveaway win!

  2. These look so good! I love your blog and congrats on winning!

  3. I have made cakemix cookies before, but these look a little different - and delicious!! I actually just made some cookies yesterday with a brownie mix, as well!

  4. These are yummy! Thanks for sharing your winning story. How fun. When I was about 10 I really wanted my own Pillsbury Dough Boy...a real one. :)

  5. How much shortening do you use?

    1. At the bottom of the post, you will see the recipe links. Choose either 4x6 or full page in parenthesis. The recipe states 3/4 cup shortening.


  6. Awesome recipe! How should they be stored? How long do the cookies keep once stored?

    1. In an airtight container for a week or freezer for 3 months. Allow to come to room temperature, then enjoy. 🙂


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