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Almond-Orange Cookies

These cookies get tossed in confectioners' sugar and resemble little snowballs.

  • servings: 90


  • 5 ounces whole blanched almonds, toasted (1 cup)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, pod reserved for another use
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

Cook's Note

Cookies will keep, covered, for up to 5 days.


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pulse almonds, flour, salt, and nutmeg in a food processor until fine crumbs form.

  2. Step 2

    Cream butter and confectioners' sugar with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla seeds and orange zest, then almond mixture. Refrigerate for up to 1 hour.

  3. Step 3

    Roll dough into 1/2-inch balls. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 1 inch apart. Bake until cookies are set and bottoms are light golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheets on wire racks. Just before serving, roll in confectioners' sugar.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2008

Reviews (3)

  • 9 Nov, 2013

    Mine is a question. What do you use the vanilla pod for after scraping the seeds out??

  • 9 Dec, 2009

    I made this recipe as written, and they were not as good as I wanted them to be.

  • 9 Dec, 2009

    Could vanilla extract be substituted for vanilla bean and if so what amount?