This crispy, yet soft and chewy cookie will delight young and old. Enjoy with a cup of tea or cold glass of milk for an afternoon treat or after school snack.
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking soda and cloves. Set aside.
In large bowl, using electric mixer, beat together eggs, sugar, corn syrup and extract until very creamy, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour mixture until combined.
Spoon by heaping tablespoonfuls (15 mL) onto prepared baking sheets at least 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Sprinkle centres of each mound with almonds. Bake for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Place cookie sheets on racks to cool completely.
Tip: Layer cooled cookies between waxed or parchment paper in an airtight container. Cookies will freeze for up to 1 month.
Can you sprinkle cookies before or after baking?
Although we prefer the roasted taste of almonds sprinkled on before baking, it is possible to sprinkle the homemade cookies straight out of the oven. The warmth of the homemade cookies should help the almonds adhere to the cookies, while preventing the almonds from cooking further or burning.
In general, it's best to follow the recipe instructions for when to add sprinkles to your cookies, or to experiment with small batches to see which method works best for you.
How can I spice up my sugar cookies?
If you're looking to spice up your sugar cookies, this Spiced Egg Cookies recipe is for you! But, if you’d like to take it one step further, here are some additional tips:
- Play with spices: This recipe uses cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to add comforting flavours to the dough. You might also consider adding other spices like cardamom, allspice, or ginger to give your cookies a unique flavour.
- Add more cinnamon: Sprinkle your cookies with cinnamon sugar before baking for a bold cinnamon flavour! Experiment with toppings: Give your cookies a little extra texture and flavour with toppings! This recipe calls for sliced almonds, but you could also try adding other ingredients like chopped dried fruit, chocolate chips, or even candied ginger.
- Add a glaze: A simple glaze made with powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract can add sweetness and flavour to your cookies. You could also try adding a bit of citrus zest or juice to the glaze to complement the spiced flavour of the cookies.
Can you add the spices after baking the cookies?
In order for the spices to meld evenly in the cookie, the spices need to be added to the dough before baking. Adding spices to the cookies after baking will not have the same flavour profile, and the spices will have difficulty adhering to the cookies.
Is it better to use powdered sugar or granulated sugar in egg cookies?
Granulated sugar can be used in egg cookies if you prefer a chewier texture or crispy exterior. Granulated sugar is less likely to dissolve completely in the dough, which can create a slightly crunchy texture in the finished cookies.
Powdered sugar is used in some egg cookie recipes because it dissolves easily and can create a tender and delicate texture. Powdered sugar can also give the cookies a slightly lighter colour and a more subtle flavour.