Halloween Almond and Orange Cookies

Halloween cookies

Almond and Orange Cookies – Baked with Love

These cookies have a hint of orange and almond, they’re crisp and golden and very easy to make. It’s a basic biscuit mixture that we have adapted to our taste. At Halloween, we’ve simply iced them and spiced them up with a spider’s web using food gels.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 12-15 minutes

Makes 30 cookies

Almond and Orange Cookies

Ingredients:  for the filling

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 300g plain flour
  • Grated zest of 1 orange and a little juice
  • 2 tablespoons Almond flakes – toasted and crushed

Method:Halloween cookies

  1. Mix butter and sugar in a large bowl with a wooden spoon
  2. Add 1 egg yolk and 2 tsp almond extract and beat to combine
  3. Grate in the zest of orange and a squeeze of juice
  4. Sift over flour, add toasted almonds and stir until combined
  5. Wrap dough in clingfilm and chill
  6. Roll out and cut biscuits and place on a non-stick baking tray
  7. Bake in oven 180C/fan 160C/gas 4, for 12 mins until pale gold
  8. Carefully transfer to a cooling rack to firm up
  9. Decorate with icing if required

Alternatives:

Crushed Almond Rounds: Prepare the basic biscuit dough. Shape the dough into a large oval log, about 8-10cm in diameter, then roll in 100g of finely chopped, whole blanched almonds, pressing the nuts onto all sides. Carefully wrap in cling film, then chill or freeze. To cook, heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4, then slice off 1cm thick ovals with a sharp knife before baking.

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