Chewy Orange Almond Cookies

Dana Gallagher


  • 1 1/4 Cup  sliced almonds
  • 3/4 Cups  sugar
  • 1/4 Cup  all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tablespoons  finely grated orange zest
  • 1 Teaspoon  anise seeds, crushed
  • large white eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  salt
  • 2 Teaspoons  confectioners' sugar

It's important to weigh the nuts for accurate amounts, as volume can differ enormously. Extra cookies keep well, covered in plastic wrap and frozen.


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

In the bowl of a food processor, blend 3 ½ ounces almonds (about 1 cup) with 1 cup of sugar until almonds are finely ground. Transfer the almond mixture to a medium bowl. Stir in flour, orange zest, and crushed anise seeds.

Using an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites, salt, and remaining ¼ cup sugar to soft glossy peaks. Fold egg-white mixture into dry ingredients until just blended.

Spoon level tablespoons of batter 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Using remaining ¾ ounce almonds, arrange 3 sliced almonds on each cookie. 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.



Reprinted with permission from The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook by Martha Stewart Living Magazine, copyright © 2007. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.


Calories per serving:

135 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced, Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 6g 9%
  • Carbs 18g 6%
  • Saturated 1g 4%
  • Fiber 2g 6%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 13g
  • Monounsaturated 4g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 4g 8%
  • Cholesterol 47mg 16%
  • Sodium 67mg 3%
  • Calcium 38mg 4%
  • Magnesium 29mg 7%
  • Potassium 97mg 3%
  • Iron 1mg 4%
  • Zinc 0mg 3%
  • Phosphorus 75mg 11%
  • Vitamin A 20µg 2%
  • Vitamin C 3mg 5%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 3%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 11%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 2%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 15µg 4%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin K 0µg 0%
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