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Russian Spice Cookies

These popular Russian spice cookies are infused with tea and coffee, making them perfect with your caffeine of choice for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Serves 32
Ready in 105 mins
Prep time 20 mins
Cooking time 25 mins
Chill time 60 mins
197 calories per serving


> 1/4 cup finely ground coffee
> 1 1/4 cups hot water, divided
> 4 herbal tea bags
> 1 large egg
> 1/4 cup vegetable oil
> 2 (15.2 oz) boxes spice cake mix
> 1 (4 oz) container Paradise ™ Candied Orange Peel
> 4 cups confectioners' sugar


Soak the ground coffee in ½ cup hot water, stirring until dissolved. Steep the herbal tea in ¾ cup hot water for 10 min. Let coffee and tea cool completely and reserve.
In a large bowl, whisk together the coffee mixture, egg, and oil. With a spatula, carefully fold in the cake mix and orange peel. If it’s too dry, knead with your hands until a ball of dough forms. Cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until dough is chilled, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 325°F. Roll dough into balls (1 tbsp each) and arrange on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 13–15 min., until cookies start to crack. Allow cookies to cool completely.
In a medium bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar with reserved tea and whisk to form a glaze. Dip cookies in glaze to fully coat the tops, working quickly before the glaze dries. Let dry on a cooling rack. Once the tops are dry, dip the bottoms in the glaze and allow to sit 5 min. Keep in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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