Greek Clove-Studded Butter Biscuits

    1 hour 20 min

    This is a recipe for Greek biscuits that melt in the mouth. The clove in the centre of each biscuit provides just enough flavour, and is pretty to boot. Dust liberally with icing sugar.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 250g sifted plain flour
    • 225g butter
    • 4 tablespoons icing sugar
    • 120g chopped walnuts
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 5 tablespoons icing sugar for decoration
    • 30 whole cloves

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Cream butter, add sugar gradually, and cream until smooth. Blend in flour. Stir in nuts, water and vanilla. Mix well.
    2. Shape into small 2.5cm balls, press down while pressing in 1 whole clove into each biscuit on an ungreased baking tray.
    3. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 20 minutes. While still warm roll into icing sugar. If desired roll again when cooled.

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    I've been seeing this kind of cookie recipe for a while, and decided to try this (it's a good way to use up some whole cloves I have on hand). I didn't think I made the cookies very big, and my yield was still only 23 cookies, not 30. I used all the right ingredients (my flour was unbleached, though). I baked the first dozen for 20 minutes and they didn't look too done, so the next batch baked for 23 and was better. I'll probably make this again soon, and try for 25 minutes. But then again, I live at 6200 feet so maybe that's why. These cookies are pretty mild and light. Maybe a little too floury though. Pretty easy and basic, and I'm sure with some expert tweaking they could be very good, in my opinion.  -  16 Jul 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)