Clove sugar cookies

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

  • Prep:30 mins
    Cook:15 mins
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 168
  • fat 10g
  • saturates 5g
  • carbs 19g
  • sugars 10g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 2g
  • salt 0.11g


  • 250g butter, softened
  • 100g hazelnuts
  • 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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