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Sailor Jack Spice Cups Recipe

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One of my favorite fall treats while working at Scandia Bakery & Lefse Factory as a teenager was the spice cup. It represented everything lovely and spicy about the holidays in one cute little cup.  You too, will love these sweet things!

First, preheat oven to 350F

  • 1/2 cup (or one stick) of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 T. ground cinnamon
  • 2 T. ground cloves
  • 1/2 t. ground nutmeg
  • 1 T. ground allspice
  • 1 t. ground white pepper
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins

Cream together butter, oil, sour cream, and sugar. Add eggs, buttermilk, and molasses. Mix well.

Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Add flour until well combined.

Spices. All da spices… Do not question. Just add them and smile for it is fall.

Slowly add warm water and mix well.

And what is a spice cup without raisins?

Dear Raisins,

I am sorry for the way I neglected you and discarded you in my youth. I now see the error of my ways. I love you.



Using a 1/3 measuring cup, scoop batter into muffin tins coated with non-stick baking spray. If using large muffin tins, use 2/3 measuring cup as your batter scooper.

Happy girl. Happy girl. Happy girl.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until fork poked into one comes out clean. Be sure not to overbake or they will be dry.

While spice cups are baking, make the glaze by whisking together 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water.

Let spice cups cool for about 15-20 minutes upside-down. Pour glaze over spice cups. You cannot do this without a smile on your face. I’ve tried. Be sure to pour as slowly & evenly as possible, getting it all around the edges of each spice cup for full coverage. The back of a spoon is helpful to help cover the sides.

Spice cups are even better when made the day before you plan to serve them. The spices are out-of-control delicious on day two. Be sure to cover once the glaze dries with plastic while they sit overnight. Decorate your home for fall and serve with coffee or tea.

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2 Responses

  1. Lyla

    OH…I remember these oh so well. Thanks Deanna!!! I am definitely baking these up soon. 🙂

  2. […] Here’s the recipe:  http://www.theoldhen.com/2011/09/23/sailor-jack-spice-cups-recipe/ […]

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