Licorice Spelt Cookies

Don't you love licorice candies! What is licorice, anyway? Licorice is also known as 'kum chou' and it's believe to have antiviral and anti-bacterial properties, and it's often used to treat cold & influenza. It can also be used with other Chinese herbs to increase the body's vitality and general well-being. It's very common to use licorice root slices to boil with chrysanthemum flowers for cooling drinks. While I prefer chewing on those dried root slices which tasted a little bitter sweet.

What about spelt flour! Spelt is similar to wheat species. It tasted more or less like wheat flour but the price is way so pricey compare to any other flour due to the nutrition content. Spelt contains of more protein than wheat and it's more easier to digest.

I got lucky and found a packet of spelt flour on my last vacation. Now.... how about joining them into one!
Ingredients :
225gm corn flour
150gm spelt flour
1 tbsp licorice powder
1/2 tspn baking powder
110gm icing sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
155gm butter, at room temperature

* egg glaze : 1 egg yolk + 1 tspn milk
* extra licorice powder for topping

Method :
(1) combine corn flour, spelt flour, licorice powder, baking powder & icing sugar in a big mixing bowl and mix well.
(2) stir in egg & vanilla and mix to combine into crumble form.
(3) then add in butter and mix well to form a soft dough.
(4) roll dough onto a piece of plastic sheet in about 1cm thickness.
(5) cut with desired cutter and place it to the baking tray.
(6) brush with egg glaze and dust on some licorice powder.
(7) bake at preheated oven at 160'C for about 10-12 mins.
(8) leave to cool for 5 mins before removing to wire rack.
Licorice powder is very mild in flavour compare to licorice extract. So, I used extra for dusting the top. You can always replace the recipe with licorice extract and add in an extra tablespoon of flour.
The cookies tasted more to wheat flavour than licorice . Yet it's a good trial. I'm still working on some licorice recipes . So, stay tune for more!
I'm sending this to Jess Kitchen @ Aspiring Baker #3 CNY Cookies & Chaya @ Meatless Monday.


  1. So pretty... is there anything you can't turn into something fabulous !WOW~~~

  2. How unique! Spelt and licorice! Will have to imagine how it taste like. :) but I bet it's so good and healthy too! :)

  3. I do like licorice but only if it is on its own... candy form. Very acquired taste.

  4. Believe it or not, I have not tried eating licorice before! Very pretty cookies:)

  5. never thought that licorice can made into biscuit!
    looks nice…^^
    by the way, what is Spelt?

  6. I never make anything with spelt before. I have to buy a packet and try it out. I can't seems to make myself to like licorice. It reminds me of 'Hack' Do they still sell it in Malaysia :)

  7. kristy, there are always new ideas from you. where do you get the licorice powder from? what do these powder usually used for?

  8. Nice cookies, licorice is one of those things I haven't tried yet :)

  9. this is really a unique and pretty cookie Kristy thanks for participating!

  10. This is unique in the best possible way.Love licorice - grew up on it. And now you've turned the flavor into some gorgeous cookies!

  11. What an amazing cookie. I don't think I've ever seen licoriche powder, but if i did, I would want to make these.
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
    *kisses* HH

  12. Claudia : Oh, so sweet of you! Thank you very much.

    Bee : I still think the licorice doesn't work 100% well in this way. I'm still trying to figure it out.

    Penny : This licorice I used is different from the black ones(for candies). It's mild!

    Jeannie : I think you did! Normally, the Chinese medical hall selling the yellow chrysanthemum together with the root slices.

    Maya : Spelt is something like wheat!

    Gert : Yes, Hacks still available here! I think for candies, they used black licorice. Actually, there're a few types of licorice. The black ones is more concerntrate. But the one I used is lighter & mild in flavour which is commonly used in making Chinese medicine.

    Lena : you can easily buy the licorice powder at any Chinese Medical hall. Just ask for 'kam chou fun'! Have you ever tried those preserved sour plum coated with yellow powder form? Those are licorice powder.

    Medeja : If you have a chance to try it out. Hope you will like it!

    Jess : You're wlecome & thank you!

    Claudia : Thank you. It's a weird idea. haha... But still think it tasted too mild.

    Thank you everyone for spending your Saturday with me. Hope you're all having a terrific weekend.

    Blessings, Kristy

  13. Hh : Thank you! I am loving your tahini cookies too. <3
    Have a great weekend, darling.

    Cheers, Kristy

  14. I love licorice - I'm really looking forward to those upcoming posts :-}}

    I'd love to try those cookies!

  15. What a great idea Kristy! I reposted :)

  16. Great to know that you've finally found spelt flour. It's a healthier flour. Love your cookies. They look so pretty. Definitely perfect for Chinese New Year. Hope you have a great weekend.

  17. These were the cookies that I used to eat when I was kid and really enjoyed it! I didn't know it was called licorice. Thanks for sharing it!

  18. Trust you to come out with something different each time, Kristy. But I'm not a fan of licorice and wonder how it'll taste in a cookie.

  19. You are amazing, Kristy. How do you do it. Licorice and spelt? Who would have thought you could do magic with them. You are fantastic.

  20. these are so cute,kristy!:)have a wonderful week!

  21. Those look wonderful! Very original.



  22. I've done next to no cooking with spelt flower. This recipe would be a great place to start. I hope you have a great dat, Kristy. Blessings...Mary

  23. I love all of your experimenting when it comes to cooking and baking! Your cookies are beautiful!

  24. I've really got to try to use more spelt! You've inspired me :D

  25. I love this! One of my favourite during CNY or Hari Raya, hehe ;)

  26. I'm always not gutsy enough to use spelt flour in my baking. I wonder how does the high protein level affect the cookies texture. I'm more comfortable using this for bread making. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Exploring these flours is such fun things to do :D

  27. I know what you mean about the cost of spelt *yikes* These look so yummy! I have to seek out spelt flour going at a discount hahaha!

  28. These look beautiful - and I love licorice!

  29. Licorice and spelt, eh? I love them already :). I couldn't believe that I somehow wasn't already following your blog. Well, I fixed it and I am now. Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  30. I love licorce, but I think I am among the few around me that does. My cousin bakes with spelt all the time, her son need to eat gluten free. These look so pretty...perfect for a party!


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