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Chewy Almond Orange Cookies

  • yield: Makes about 2 1/2 dozen
Photography: Dana Gallagher

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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. Step 1

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

  2. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, May 2000

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Reviews (12)

  • chmurag 16 Feb, 2013

    One of my favorites! Always a hit. Very easy to make if you are comfortable beating egg whites and folding batter. Good with or without anise seed.

  • coastalcook 9 Apr, 2011

    I made these today. They totally fell flat and didn't quite bake up like I had hoped. The flavor was great, but the shape just wasn't quite there. They are worth a try, but certainly not a sure thing! I will eat them myself, but definitely wouldn't serve them to guests.

  • hwgang 2 Dec, 2010

    This recipe also shows up as Almond-Orange Cookie but calling for 4.5 oz. of slivered almonds. All other ingredients and the instructions remain the same. I'd love to know which recipe is the correct one.

    Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of errors in general in recipes (like calling for white eggs, instead of egg whites). Given the range of Martha's egg colors, it isn't immediately obvious that white eggs wasn't written in for a reason. ;)

  • 2amar 10 Aug, 2010

    yes she means egg whites its very clear once u read the recipe itselfand the previous comment!

  • hwgang 10 Aug, 2010

    "3 large white eggs"....should that be egg whites? Martha's recipes are so often full of mistakes.

  • torridcutie 27 Feb, 2009

    I tried these cookies and they are fabulous! I did not have anise seeds at home and I wanted to use the left-over egg whites from a recipe quickly, so I went without them. They turned out to be wonderfully flavored, fluffy and very delicious. They are easy to make and I recommend them to everyone.

  • torridcutie 27 Feb, 2009

    I tried these cookies and they are fabulous! I did not have anise seeds at home and I wanted to use the left-over egg whites from a recipe quickly, so I went without them. They turned out to be wonderfully flavored, fluffy and very delicious. They are easy to make and I recommend them to everyone.

  • smd1227 2 Feb, 2009

    GinghamPinwheel, I forgot to mention almond. And you can put some slivered or sliced almonds on top of the cookies before they go in to bake. Very good!

  • smd1227 2 Feb, 2009

    GinghamPinwheel, sorry about your allergies. Try using cardamom, lemon, pumpkin pie spice, allspice, cloves, nutmeg or mace.

  • chmurag 18 Jan, 2009

    These are fabulous! I have been making these for years. A family favorite, easy to make, and nothing but healthy fat! And they freeze well, if any are left!

  • euni 17 Jan, 2009

    In the directions, item number two states "A cup sugar" which should be 1/2 cup sugar. This sounds delicious and easy to make.

  • GinghamPinwheel 6 Nov, 2008

    I am allergic to ORANGES. Not so bad? Not so easy bc there is a chemical in oranges that is also in CINNAMON, nutmeg, green bell pepper, black pepper, STAR ANISE and more. What can be substituted for cinnamon, nutmeg, basil, orange? .... especially in this season of pumpkins and apples.