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Porcupine Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch


4 dozen

Rolling this chocolaty dough in almonds creates a “porcupine” look. They toast while the cookies bake, saving you a step!
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced almonds


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, melted chocolate, orange zest and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, cardamom and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  2. Shape into 1-in. balls; roll in almonds. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly set. Remove to wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 84 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 41mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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