Spice cookies
9th February 2010

Spice cookies

By Lauren Photography by Adam

These cookies have a delicious spicy flavour and are fabulous dunked in a steaming hot coffee—plus they have the added bonus of being gluten and dairy-free.  Bake a little longer for crispy cookies, or take them out a couple of minutes earlier for softer, chewy treats.


Makes 12 large cookies
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  • 2/3 cup soft brown sugar — Muscovado is great in this recipe, Demerara also works well
  • 1/2 cup macadamia oil — or any baking oil, but the nutty flavour of the macadamia oil is delicious
  • 1/3 cup golden syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour—I used a gluten-free mix, but you could use rice flour, buckwheat flour, tapioca flour or a mixture of all three
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup ground almonds
  • 12 whole nuts (almonds or walnuts are nice), one to top each cookie.


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  • Preheat oven to 180˚C on Bake.
  • 1. In a large heat-proof bowl, combine the sugar, oil and golden syrup. Gently heat (either in the microwave or over a double boiler), whisking to dissolve the sugar and achieve a syrup-like consistency.
  • 2. Allow to cool, stirring to prevent the oil separating. Add the egg and beat briefly.
  • 3. Add all dry ingredients and mix.
  • 4. Put tablespoonfuls of mixture onto a lined baking tray, leaving a generous distance between each cookie* (you may only do 6 or 7 at a time). Top each cookie with a nut.
  • 5. Bake for between 12-15 minutes, until golden. Keep an eye on these cookies when cooking—the high sugar content means they can burn quite easily.
  • Place on wire rack to cool.
  • *This is quite a wet mixture and the cookies will spread out a lot as they cook.


  1. Louise

    Lovely cookies! What is in your gluten-free flour mix?

  2. Lauren

    Thanks Louise! I used a pre-made mix that contained rice flour, corn starch and tapioca flour.
    I have used a couple of different brands from my local supermarket with success. Happy baking! – Lauren.

  3. Greta

    Could you just use normal flour?

  4. Lauren

    Hi Greta,
    Yes, you can use normal flour if you don’t require the cookies to be gluten free. Happy Baking :)

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