For a slightly sweet, delicately crunchy butter cookie, try this Flemish spice cookies recipe. Full of warm spices, they make for a lightly textured, richly flavored indulgence alongside coffee, tea, or drinking chocolate.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Chill: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 17 minutes
Yield: 4 dozen spice cookies
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon (pinch) ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
How to make Flemish spice cookies:
Cream the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, spices, and salt together until the mixture is well-blended. Add the flour and baking soda to the creamed mixture, and continue stirring the dough until it comes together and is completely blended. The dough will be very stiff. The sliced almonds can be added to the dough now, or used as a decoration later.
Form the dough into a long cylinder and cover it with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough unitl it is firm, for up to 48 hours before baking.
Preheat the oven to 400F. Slice the chilled dough into scant 1/4-inch-thin slices and press 3 almond slices, if using, on each round. Arrange the cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake them for 6 to 7 minutes, until they are lightly browned around the edges and crisp. Transfer the baked spice cookies to a wire rack to cool.
This Flemish spice cookies recipes makes 4 dozen cookies.
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