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Orange flavoured Pecan and Almond Cookies

I wanted to make something sweet but as this was not planned I opened my kitchen closets and looked for ingredients to see what I could make.  I did not have eggs, I did not have enough regular sugar, I did not have vanilla, I looked into the drawers where my spices are looking for mastic resin, I did not have anything to use as a flavour to make anything but I had an orange.  I had some almonds, pecans, self rising flour, margarine  and icing sugar so I would try and make some cookies.

The margarine I had was 120 grams and I had no idea how many cookies that would make.  I added I cup of icing sugar and 1 cup of flour but after adding all the other ingredients the dough was I little bit sticky, so I adjusted it by adding 2 – 3 more tablespoons of flour.

The cookies were so easy to make and I wish I had some butter they would be perfect but even with margarine they still tasted great.  The kids liked them, although for my taste I would prefer them with less sugar inside and the icing sugar on top was not necessary.

This is my entry for this month’s Click event organized by Bee an Jai, of Jugalbandi.

Orange flavoured Pecan and Almond Cookies – Recipe by Ivy

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Baking time: 12 minutes

Yields: 50 cookies




Butter or margarine, at room temperature



Icing Sugar



Orange rind



Pecans, coarsely ground



Almonds, coarsely ground



Self rising flour + a few tablespoons




Whole pecans for decoration

Icing sugar for dusting on top



Beat butter with sugar in the mixer until light and creamy.


Add orange rind, salt, almonds, pecans and flour.


Mix into a dough.


Place in between cling film and flatten with a rolling pin to about ½ cm thick. Cut with a cookie cutter.


Collect all pieces of the dough remaining and roll out again until all the dough has finished.


Add a pecan on each cookie.


Preheat oven at 180 C. (350 F.). Line a cookie tin with parchment paper and place each cookie leaving a gap of about 2 – 3 cm from each other.


Bake for 10-12 minutes. When cool, dust with icing sugar.

I am also sending this recipe to Ria, of Ria’s Collection, for her event Let’s Celebrate. It’s Ria’s Birthday tomorrow, so Happy Birthday Ria.

I am also sending this to Shanthi, of Shanthi Krisnakumar’s Cook Book, for her event Sweet Time, only for vegetarian recipes.  These cookies are  vegan.

Thank you Ria and Shanthi, for promoting your events on My Recipes & Events Social Network, which is a site for foodies powered by foodies. This is your site for you to share anything and everything about food, so come and join us.  We are now 75 members in such a short time.

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26 Responses

  1. I wish I could easily make a batch like this…very nicely done Ivy and quite easy by the looks of it too! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Mmmhhh, what awesome flavors! Nice combo! I’d love to eat your cookies with a good coffee!

    Cheers and have a wonderful weekend,

    Rosa xoxo

  3. For an adventure that started with a list of missing ingredients, this one had a really happy ending. Your cookies look adorable in their basket.

  4. What time is tea time? I’m coming over.

  5. I love orange Ivy, you are so creative wiping up cookies without a recipe!

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  6. I am always so inspired by your improvising such amazing recipes 🙂

  7. Mmmmm, orange and nuts together in cookies – I’d love to try these!

  8. Your cookies look great. I love the taste of orange in cookies and cakes!

  9. Delicious looking cookies..i love the orange flavor and plus these are eggless 🙂 i just made orange cranberryz choco cookies yesterday 🙂

  10. HA! I wonder how long would it take fly from Koeln to Greece….you know, for a tea break, and some chitchat…haha…
    Bookmark the recipe……..

  11. Ivy the cookies look really yumm and i love the pic too.

  12. You have such a talent for baking! They came out lovely!

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  13. Your cookies look great! They sound delicious with the orange zest and nuts too.

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  14. I don’t usually like nuts in cookies, but I couldn’t resist these. I’m impressed you came up with this recipe though you had few ingredients on hand for cookies.

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  15. These look so elegant Ivy – such a pretty basket that they are presented in. I am no good with inventing recipes – I have to have a base to work from then I make it up when I don’t have all of the ingredients (blushes).

  16. Well, well, well Ivy. Not too bad at all for just throwing a few things together. I think the flavors work great together, and I’m glad you came up with it spur of the moment. You could definitely bake well on a desert island… or maybe dessert island 🙂

    I am surprised you let yourself get low on sugar and vanilla. I think I would of had a heart attack 🙂

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  17. They look too good! Love the pecans added to i.

  18. What lovely looking sugar cookies Ivy!! I adore the scent of orange in sweets, and when it’s mixed with nuts how could that be bad? Kudos on your creativity – I like the attitude of, “when you just gotta bake, well, you just gotta bake!”

  19. really pretty & delicate looking. Love the orange in it!

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  20. Ciao Ivy ! I wish I had one of these wonderful ‘Ivy creations’ cookies they are so beautiful !!

  21. Wow Ivy, that is quite the cookie for something you just whipped up! Looks fantastic, I love the flavors. The pecans on top make them so pretty.

  22. Wonderful cookies with almonds and pecans! We here love nuts and would really love these cookies! Yum!

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  23. Orange and almond go so beautifully together. These must have been delicious!

  24. Vij

    I am coming over to taste them.Looks lovely Ivy!


  25. These cookies look deliicous, Ivy. We don’t get pecans here and my sister brought me some from the U.S. Now I can’t decide what I should use them in. 🙂

  26. Good thinking on your feet Ivy. Mothers have a knack for being creative with the ingredients at hand.