Practically every cookie/biscuit I have ever made involves chocolate in some way shape or form. But these little beauties? Not a chocolate chip in sight! They really don’t need them though. They’re crammed full with pecans and hazelnuts and have that comforting, warming hint of mixed spice. Just like my cranberry walnut cinnamon cookies, one bite of these and it instantly makes me think of those cold Autumn/Winter nights all snuggled up on the sofa. Definitely a lovely comfort food for the approaching darker nights!
Here is what you will need to make 24 cookies.
(Recipe adapted from John Whaite Bakes.)
- 150g Unsalted Butter, room temp
- Pinch of Salt
- 150g Light Brown Muscovado Sugar
- 80g Pecans, chopped
- 80g Hazelnuts, chopped
- 1 Egg
- 1 tbsp Golden Syrup
- 200g Plain Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Mixed Spice
- 1 or 2 Large Baking Sheets
Preheat your oven to 190°C/Fan 180°C and line your baking sheet(s) with a silicone baking mat or baking paper.
In either an electric stand mixer with the beater attachment, or a large bowl with an electric hand whisk, cream together the butter, salt & sugar until light and fluffy. (At least 4-5 minutes.) You may need to scrape down the sides once in a while.
Add in the chopped pecans, chopped hazelnuts, egg & golden syrup and mix until blended well.
Sift in the flour, baking powder and mixed spice and mix just until you can’t see any more flour. It should be quite a stiff dough.
Divide the dough into 24 balls. (If you’re being picky they’ll be about 30g each.)
Place the dough balls onto the prepared baking sheets leaving room for spreading in-between. If you’re using one baking sheet you will need to bake them in batches.
Press the balls down quite firmly to flatten into a biscuit shape then bake in the preheated oven for 8 – 12 minutes until the edges are a nice golden brown.
Leave to cool for a few minutes on the tray then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
These are seriously yummy and dangerously addictive! A gloriously winter warming cookie that’s perfect with a hot chocolate or a cuppa. The biscuit is lovely and soft, you get a great crunch from all the nuts and that cosy, comforting feeling from the mixed spice. Just lovely!
I hope you enjoyed the post my lovelies, until next time.