Dutch Spice Cookies

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 2 hr 40 min
  • Cook: 50 min
  • Yield: about 16 cookies
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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground anise

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Sliced blanched almonds, for decorating

Directions

  1. Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, anise, cloves, ginger, salt and pepper into a medium bowl, then whisk to combine.
  2. Beat the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low; add half of the flour mixture and beat until combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. Add 3 tablespoons water and the remaining flour mixture and beat until just combined. Turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap, pat into a disk, wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Dust the dough with confectioners' sugar, then transfer to a piece of parchment paper and roll out until 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes using 2-to-3-inch cookie cutters. Transfer the cutouts to 2 ungreased baking sheets and press sliced almonds decoratively on top. Freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
  4. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Transfer the cookies to the oven and reduce the temperature to 275 degrees F; bake, switching the position of the pans halfway through, until crisp and golden, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool 3 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to racks to cool completely.