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Almond Cookies

Almond Cookies

Almond Cookies

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Almond Cookies
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Course: Hand-Shaped CookiesDifficulty: Easy



Almond-flavored sugar cookies topped with a whole almond.


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (you can also use 1 teaspoon of vanilla)

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (sift first, then measure)

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

  • 1 egg white, slightly beaten

  • Extra granulated sugar (or cinnamon sugar)

  • 72 whole raw almonds


  • Beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients. Regrigerate about 1 hour or until firm. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass covered with a damp cloth. Press a whole almond into the center of each cookie. Brush the top of the cookies with the egg white and sprinkle with the extra granulated sugar or cinnamon sugar. Bake about 12 minutes. Let cool for one minute then remove to wire racks to cool.


  • Adapted from a vintage recipe (the original recipe did not use the almond extract). This is why there is the instruction to sift the flour first and then measure it (this will produce less flour by weight than if you don’t sift it before measuring).


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This recipe sounded like those almond cookies they give you at Chinese restaurants... but it is so much better! I only cooked for 9 minutes and they came out perfect! Great recipe!
- A Baker
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