Saturday, November 6, 2010

Spicy Orange Pepper Almond Cookies

These are perfect with a nice cup of tea to mitigate the chill of November. I added orange and galanga, a ginger-like spice I picked up in Thailand. The cream makes them smooth and chewy.

Spicy, nutty with a hint of orange, this is one sexy cookie.

Spicy Orange Pepper Almond Cookies
(Adapted from Spicy Pepper Cookies recipe from The Cooks Encyclopedia of Cookies by Hillaire WaldenBarnes & Noble Books 2002)


  • 1+3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon galanga*
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon star anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter room temperature
  • 1+1/3 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1+1/2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cups whole ground almonds with skin
  • 2 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground almonds

*You can substitute ground ginger.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper
  • Sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, spices, salt into a separate bowl.
  • Pre measure cream and almonds and set aside.
  • Mix the butter and brown sugar together until fluffy.
  • Add vanilla and orange zest. Mix throughly.
  • Starting and ending with the dry ingredients, alternate with cream adding in small amounts at a time.
  • Add ground almonds. Mix throughly.
  • Mold the mixture into balls, place on baking sheet and bake until slightly brown at the bottom.
  • While cookies are baking whisk together the powdered sugar and ground almonds.
  • As cookies are cooling on a wire rack, sprinkle powdered sugar/almond mixture over top.
  • Makes about 35 cookies.

1 comment:

  1. these remind me so much of christmas.. they'd be perfect christmas gifts! thanks for sharing the recipe :)


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