Clove sugar cookies

Clove sugar cookies

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(4 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 15 mins


Makes about 28
These sweet, nutty, spiced biscuits can be served after dinner, or packaged up as gifts for family and friends

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal168
  • fat10g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.11g
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  • 250g butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 100g hazelnuts



    Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 1½ tsp ground cloves
  • 350g plain flour


  1. Put the butter, hazelnuts, vanilla extract and 85g of the icing sugar in a food processor and whizz to a paste. Add 1 tsp of the ground cloves and the flour, and pulse together until a dough forms.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line a couple of baking sheets with baking parchment. Roll the dough into walnut- sized balls and arrange on the baking sheets. Use the back of a fork to lightly squash each ball, then bake for 12-15 mins until they turn a pale biscuit colour – if they get too brown, they will become dry.

  3. Mix the remaining icing sugar and ground cloves, then sieve thickly over the hot biscuits. Leave to cool slightly before eating just warm, or cool.

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5th Oct, 2015
a really good Recipe. Try it out!
31st Jan, 2013
Loved these biscuits and the unusual flavour and texture. Definitely too much icing sugar recommended to sift over them at the end (even if you do it 'thickly' which you should) but that isn't really a major problem...just use a bit less.
23rd Dec, 2012
Am not sure what went wrong with these biscuits, but the texture is fairly crumbly and dry. Taste is unusual but nice, but can't say I'm looking forward to eating the 27 other cookies! These were meant to be little pressies for people for Christmas but I won't be inflicting these on anyone else as I think they are to much of an acquired taste (or texture)
22nd Nov, 2012
Absolutely love this recipe, these make for unusual little biscuits and are really delicious - great gifts. I do agree with the icing sugar thing though, you don't need 165g of it at the end.
23rd Dec, 2011
I reversed the icing sugar quantities, kept back 85g, used 165g in recipe, seemed to work. Also baked them a little longer. Very tasty
Frantic Flapjack
13th Dec, 2011
Unusual flavour for biscuits but good Christmas flavour. The hazelnuts gave these biscuits good texture.
8th Dec, 2011
I agree with Sandie K, no need for 250g icing sugar. I just used two teaspoons of icing sugar and half teaspoon of cloves, was more than enough to give biscuits a good dredging! Tasted good,but I think I will try another spice than cloves next time, maybe mixed spice would be more Christmassy!
4th Dec, 2011
Just made this for first time. Trying to find something for homemade gifts. Very nice, even husband who dislikes cloves approved. But why does the recipie call for 250g icing sugar, only use 85g in biscuits and the rest 165g sifted on the top of the cooked biscuits. I smothered them very thickly and still have a load left! I always try a recipie and follow it first time round, this is another that I shall be adjusting by basically halving the amount of icing sugar to dredge on the top.
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