Sicilian Spice Cookies on silver cooling rack
Sicilian Spice Cookies

These richly spiced chocolate cookies are traditional in Sicily around the holidays. Made of flour, almond flour, cocoa, and lots of butter, they are spiked with cinnamon, cloves and orange zest for a dense, moist and flavorful cookie.

Sicilian Spice Cookies

Sicilian Spice Cookies on silver cooling rack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
These richly spiced chocolate cookies are traditional in Sicily around the holidays. Made of flour, almond flour, cocoa, and lots of butter, they are spiked with cinnamon, cloves and orange zest for a dense, moist and flavorful cookie.
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Course Dessert
Servings 24 cookies

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups (245 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (150 grams) sugar
  • cup (42 grams) cocoa powder
  • ½ cup (50 grams) almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 egg
  • cup whole milk

For the glaze:

  • ⅔   cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons whole milk

Instructions
 

  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place the flour, sugar, cocoa, almond flour, cinnamon cloves, nutmeg, baking powder and salt in a food processor. Pulse to aerate.
  • Cut the butter into pieces and add it to the processor along with the orange zest. Pulse again until you don’t see any large pieces of butter.
  • Mix the egg and milk together, then add to the processor. Blend until the dough comes together. Remove the dough and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for one to two hours, or overnight.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 F. Form the dough into balls about 1 ½ inches in diameter, and place on the cookie sheets an inch apart. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • To glaze the cookies, mix the powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons milk together in a bowl. If it is too thick, add another teaspoon of milk. When the cookies are cool, dip them into the glaze and leave to dry. The cookies will keep at room temperature for 10 days.
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