Chewy Almond Orange Cookies

  • Yield: Makes about 2 1/2 dozen
Chewy Almond Orange Cookies

Photography: Dana Gallagher

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2000

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 ounces slivered almonds (about 1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Zest of 2 oranges, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon anise seeds, crushed
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.

  2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, blend almonds with 1/2 cup sugar until almonds are finely ground. Transfer almond mixture to a medium bowl. Sift in flour. Add orange zest and crushed anise seed; stir to combine.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites, salt, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar to soft glossy peaks. Fold egg-white mixture into dry ingredients until just blended.

  4. Spoon level tablespoons of batter 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Sift confectioners' sugar over cookies. Bake until cookies are lightly browned along edges, about 12 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from sheets with a spatula.

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