Simnel cookies and white chocolate

Good housekeeping UK

These American style cookies are inspired by the simnel cake, with almonds, raisins and spices.

We added white chocolate for more indulgence, but for a double hit of almond, replace it with 50g of marzipan cut into pieces.

Make the dough up to 1 day in advance. Form balls, cover with cling film and refrigerate. Bake for 12-14min directly from the refrigerator. Or freeze the dough balls and bake for 16 min from the frozen one.

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(3 oz) whole almonds with the skin on

4 oz

(4oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature


(3 ½ oz.) Light brown sugar


(3 ½ ounces) powdered sugar


large egg, lightly beaten

275 grams

(10oz) self-rising flour


(1 ½ oz) each raisins and peel mixed

50 grams

(2oz) white chocolate, in pieces

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  1. Preheat the oven to 200 ° C (180 ° C hot air) mark 6. Spread the almonds out on a baking sheet and put in the oven for 5 minutes, leave to cool then roughly chop. Turn off the oven for now.

  2. Meanwhile, put butter and sugars in a large bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk until light and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten egg, whisking until incorporated, then whisk in the almond extract. Sift over the flour, mixed spices and ½ teaspoon of salt and mix on very slow speed until well combined.

  3. Add the almonds, raisins, zest and chocolate and, using your hands, knead lightly.

  4. Shape the dough into balls the size of a golf ball – you can weigh them to make sure they are of equal size; they should be 50g (2oz). Transfer to a lined baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to firm.

  5. Preheat the oven to 200 ° C (180 ° C fan) mark 6. Make sure the balls are at least 7.5 cm (3 inches) apart – you will need 2 or 3 baking sheets. Bake cookies for 10-12 min, until golden brown and lightly cracked on top. They will be soft, but will harden as they cool.

  6. Let cool on the baking sheets for 10 min, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Per portion:

  • Calories: 234
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 31 g
  • Sugars: 17 g
  • Total fat: 10 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Proteins: 4 g

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