Ever wonder how clove got its name? It is from the Latin “clavus” for nail, because of its shape. Still called “nails” in Spanish – clavos, and in French, clous. From Fine Cooking these spicy gems are perfect with a cup of tea or a glass of sweet wine on a cold winter day.
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temp
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. packed grated orange zest
- Sift together the flour, cloves, cinnamon, pepper, and salt.
- Cream the butter until light and fluffy, and then add the sugar. Blend until well combined.
- Add the egg and orange zest and mix well.
- Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix on low speed until the flour is absorbed and dough starts o come together.
- Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead to form a smooth mass.
- Divide dough and roll between lightly floured waxed paper to a 1/8”thickness.
- Refrigerate dough for a couple of hours or overnight.
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper
Peel off the wax paper from the dough and place on a lightly floured surface. Cut out snaps with a round cookie cutter. A 2” or 2 ½” cutter will yield a nice cookie. Since these are “dunking biscuits” stay away from fancy cutters. Keep it simple.
Yield: Depends on cookie cutter size. Makes two+ baking sheets.