Ginger Spiced Sugar Cookies (Swig Copycat)

Big and soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Ginger Spiced Sugar Cookies (Swig Copycat) ~ big fat buttery supermarket style frosted sugar cookies!

Copycat SWIG cookies with a holiday twist! Big, fat, frosted sugar cookies just like the ones from your favorite bakery!

These are the kind of giant, super soft, frosted sugar cookies you find in bakeries and supermarkets, the kind the kids whine for and we adults wish we could whine for… it’s their over-the-top quality makes them so irresistible. I gave them a seasonal spin with gingery spices and a hint of molasses. It makes them perfect for holiday parties and cookie collections, and I’d have to accuse you of lying if you claim to be immune to the charms of a big, puffy, frosted cookie like this…

Copycat SWIG cookies --- big, fat, frosted sugar cookies just like the ones from your favorite bakery!

I’m pretty sure the supermarket versions of these cookies contain more than a few questionable ingredients, so it’s nice to be able to make them at home. The dough comes together easily, and there’s no rolling to do, which is nice. You just form balls of the dough and flatten them lightly with the sugar coated bottom of a drinking glass. This not only flattens them and creates the characteristic ruffly edge, but forms a perfect little basin to hold all that frosting that will come later.

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My cookie is a variation on THIS RECIPE from Vintage Revivals. Mandi managed to nail a copycat recipe from a favorite Utah shop called Swig, where the hugely popular cookies look just like this, only they have pink icing. Mine is enough of a variation that I feel like I need to write out the recipe here, but definitely visit her site to check out the originals.

Ginger Spice Swig Cookies

Big and soft Frosted Sugar Cookies
3.66 from 79 votes

Ginger Spiced Sugar Cookies (Swig Copycat)

Ginger Spiced Sugar Cookies (Swig Copycat) ~ big fat buttery supermarket style frosted sugar cookies!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Yield 24 large cookies
Author Sue Moran



  • 2 sticks, or 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, plus more for coating the glass
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, (or mascarpone cheese, sour cream, or creme fraiche) at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • approximately 6 cups confectioner's sugar, give or take
  • milk or cream to thin


  • Set the oven to 350F
  • To make the cookies, cream together the butter and the sugars. Beat in the oil and eggs, one at a time.
  • Beat in the molasses, vanilla, and spices.
  • Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Slowly add to the bowl, and mix until combined.
  • Form balls of dough about the size of golf balls, and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Put about 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl. Lightly butter the bottom of a drinking glass and dip it in the sugar to coat. Use the bottom of the glass to lightly press down on each ball of dough to flatten and create the rough edges. Dip the glass back in the sugar for each cookie, but there's no need to re-butter it.
  • Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes. They won't get brown, and they will still seem a little soft, but they will firm up as they cool.
  • Let them cool on a rack and then frost them,liberally! Give them a final dusting of nutmeg.
  • To make the frosting: cream the butter and cream cheese together and add the cinnamon and vanilla. Slowly beat in the sugar, and as it gets too thick, add enough milk to thin it to a spreadable consistency. Beat until it is smooth and glossy.
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Dreamy sugar cookies with a holiday spice twist

I’m always looking for new cookie recipes to share this time of year, I’m so glad I tried these. This made a huge batch and I’ve been doling them out one at a time after dinner, and they are still soft, days later!

Big and soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

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    December 9, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Any substitute for the molasses? I have the rest of the ingredients but donโ€™t want to make a special trip to the store… or, can it be left out? Thanks!

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      December 9, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      Molasses gives the cookies a special flavor, but you might substitute honey, corn syrup, or even maple syrup that you boil down a bit to thicken it.

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    December 20, 2019 at 6:23 am

    5 stars
    Glad I found this post when searching for fast holiday cookies. I ended up making them last minute for our annual office holiday cookie contest and won first prize. Thank you!

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      December 20, 2019 at 8:35 am

      No way! That’s great!!

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    November 6, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    About how many cookies does one batch make? These look amazing!!!

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      December 10, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      This recipe makes 2 dozen cookies ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Christy Jacobson
    October 7, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    These cookies look delicious, I haven’t tried them..yet. May I asked why there is no “ginger” in the Ginger Spiced Sugar Cookie Recipe? Was kind of expecting that to be one of the ingredients.

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      October 7, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      Hey Christy ~ ginger is in there ~ it’s the first spice mentioned!

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      December 10, 2019 at 9:06 am

      Any chance you found out?

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    December 17, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Do these cookies need to be stored in the fridge because of the cream cheese icing?

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      December 17, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      I’m comfortable leaving them out overnight, for a day or so, but then I would refrigerate.

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    Lori Weisberg
    December 6, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Looks like a delicious cookie, will have to give it a try. Thanks Sue!?

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    December 4, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Hi ?? Long shot as I see the posts a bit older but… wondering if I can make the dough and freeze it ?

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      December 4, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      You can freeze them, Jeannine, either with or without the frosting. I would probably freeze the cookies without and frost them after you bake them off.

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        December 5, 2018 at 9:47 am

        Hi Sue,
        Thanks for the quick reply. I was asking if I can freeze the dough before baking?
        Thanks again!

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    December 1, 2017 at 10:06 am

    These sound great… but how long do they last? Refrigerated? Iโ€™m thinking of doing them for a cookie exchange… thanks

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      December 1, 2017 at 10:11 am

      They’re soft and moist, so they last pretty well. You can freeze them for longer storage, too.

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    Dawn Canfield
    July 27, 2016 at 7:09 am

    These sound great. I’m assuming the 3/4 powdered sugar is 3/4 cup? Looking forward to trying these. Love your recipes.

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      July 27, 2016 at 7:46 am

      I just fixed that, thanks Dawn ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you like them!

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    December 13, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Hi I just made these cookies, will the frosting harden so I can store them one on top of another! Or will it stay soft so I have to store them only one layer? They taste fabulous! Thanks for the recipe!

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      December 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      The frosting is kind of in between…it does get a ‘skin’ on it (that sounds gross!) but it doesn’t harden like royal icing. I could stack mine because the frosting was in the indentation and the cookie part rose above, if that makes sense.

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      December 10, 2019 at 9:05 am

      Can I ask how many the recipe makes?

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    November 21, 2014 at 5:28 am

    These looked great until I saw vegetable oil- yuck! I assume I can sub butter? I’ll let you know how they turn out.

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      November 21, 2014 at 6:27 am

      Hey Andie — the oil is what helps to give these cookies their soft texture…how about using something like almond oil or walnut oil if you don’t like regular vegetable oil? They’re very healthy!

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    [email protected]
    November 20, 2014 at 3:03 am

    These look great but I especially like the sound of the cream cheese topping.

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    Jennifer Farley
    November 19, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    These look amazing!

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    November 19, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Oh, you had me at the first photo. These look great! They will be a perfect addition to our Christmas cookie collection. Thanks!

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    [email protected]+Riffs
    November 19, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Wow, so terrific! These look spectacular, and the flavor sounds incredibly enticing. Good stuff — thanks.

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    [email protected]+Hungry+Healthy+Happy
    November 19, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I am So excited to start seeing more ginger recipes now it is getting close to Christmas. These sound really delicious as well.

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      November 19, 2014 at 10:15 am

      I agree — ginger is such a wonderful flavor and we have to wait all year to enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    November 19, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I couldn’t decide whether to pin this with “sweets’ or with “nips”. The name is positively charming. GREG

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    November 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Sue, these are spectacular! I love cookies like this and can’t wait to try them. You have some of the best cookies around!

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      November 19, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Thanks Abbe — I’m going to definitely make these again, maybe a chocolate version with sprinkles…

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    November 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    I have to try these, I love soft cookies and that frosting looks incredible!

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    [email protected]+Seasons+and+Suppers
    November 18, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I love frosted cookies and ginger cookies. This marriage of the two is sure to be made in my house very soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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    November 18, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Sigh … I am not immune. I am a willing junkie for these sugar bombs!

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    November 18, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    These cookies look beautiful for the holiday table. xo Catherine

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    Rachael | Spache the Spatula
    November 18, 2014 at 11:54 am

    These look so crazy good! Love all their crinkles, and that creamy center looks HEAVENLY!

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    November 18, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I agree that these are over the top, in the BEST way!!! They look wonderful!!!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    November 18, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Such a gorgeous cookie and yes I would love it! I have no doubt I could not stop moaning over this big fat soft iced cookie! Beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

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    November 18, 2014 at 8:22 am

    i am thinking- no I am positive this is the best cookie EVER!

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