Note: If you don't keeps lots of spices on hand, you can substitute a rounded teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, Penzey's baking spice, German Lebkuchen spice mix, or any other baking spice mixture that contains cloves. It's important that it have cloves.
- 2 eggs
- 1 c sugar
- 1 1/2 oz candied orange peel
- 1 2/3 c almonds
- 1/2 c cocoa (natural)
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 50 50 mm oblaten (optional)
Note: If you are concerned about the egg white not cooking completely, or what to do with the leftover yolk, use pasteurized whites or meringue powder.
- 1 egg white
- 1/3 c powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted
- 1 1/2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
Whip the eggs and sugar together for 15 minutes; the mixture will be nearly white.
Grind the nuts and candied peel together in a food processor. Add cocoa, baking powder and spices to the nuts, and pulse a few times to mix everything together.
If using a stand mixer, switch to the paddle attachment. Mixing on low speed, add the nut mixture to the eggs. You should have a stiff batter.
Traditionally, these are baked on oblaten because the batter is very very sticky. However, they can also be baked on a Silpat or other reusable "parchment" with minimal sticking. They do stick to disposable parchment paper more readily. I like to pipe the cookies using a large (14 inches) piping bag and a medium sized pastry tip (Ateco #805, but up to #807 should work well.) to about 2.0 inches in diameter. Alternately, you can drop a dollop of dough onto an oblate (oh-blaht-eh) and use a knife dipped in water to smooth it out.
Cover with wax paper and let sit overnight.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Whip egg white and powdered sugar together on high speed until thick and white, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the melted chocolate and stir together.
Bake the cookies 18 to 23 minutes.
Allow to cool no more than five minutes and brush with glaze. You will have glaze left over.