Not only are these little Almond Cookies super fast and easy to make, you only have to keep a few ingredients on hand in order to whip them up on a moment’s notice!

It makes me crazy when I fall in love with something I eat at a restaurant or that a friend makes but they won't divulge the recipe. Experiencing a food you love so much that you actually dream about it, only to then be deprived of ever finding out how it's made is beyond frustrating to me. Yes, these are the kinds of problems that leave me sleepless at night, though I'm sure some moms feel the same way when I preview a pic on Facebook of a new recipe I'm working on yet they can't get their hands on it until months later when I post it here on Weelicious.

Such is the case with these holiday Almond Cookies. I first made a batch months ago (as embarrassing as it is to admit, I get so excited about Christmas cookies that I start making them in September), posted a picture on Facebook of them in Kenya's school lunch and then had tons of moms emailing me for the recipe. I felt like such a hypocrite not being able to share it right away but I planned it for the holidays!

The day I made them, Kenya and I had a few and were in heaven. He kept begging for more, but I always try to limit him to one or two. I wish I could say the same thing for my girlfriends. They came over to watch the Bachelor finale (yes, I do love some mindless television now and then), and not only did the ladies enjoy them, they finished every last one! Next time I have to remember to make a double batch.

After posting Chocolate Orange Snaps and Cinnamon Mexican Wedding Cookies over the past two days, it seems like this has become my unofficial Cookie Week, featuring treats each day that are fun, beautiful to look at and easy to make with your kids. I'm thrilled that I can finally share these with you so you can in turn share them with your family, friends....even the man dressed in red heading down your chimney. There are no secrets here at Weelicious!!!!

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Almond Cookies (Makes 2 Dozen)

Prep Time: 8 mins Cook Time: 12 mins


  • 1 1/2 Cup Raw Almonds, divided
  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 Tsp almond extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Place 1 cup of almonds in a food processor and ground for 30 seconds.*

3. Place the ground almonds, flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and combine.

4. Place the butter and sugar in a standing mixer (or bowl using a hand mixer) and cream for 3-4 minutes.

5. Add the egg and almond extract and mix another minute.

6. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until combined.

7. Using a mini ice cream scoop or a heaping tablespoon, scoop out the dough and place on a Silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet.

8. Place one almond in the middle of each cookie.

9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

10. Cool and serve.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • Meghan

    I have some almond flour to use up - how much would you suggest using instead of grinding my almonds in the food processor? How much ground almonds does 1 cup of whole almonds make?

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    • Catherine

      Great question. It's just less then one cup.

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  • SaraBeth

    OMG! These are soooo good! They are perfect!

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  • Kalee Wolf

    I am an almond-aholic! I cant wait to try these out. And for once-i think that all the ingredients are in my pantry!

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  • Sarah Frazer

    My mother and I made Christmas cookies based on fresh, peeled, ground almonds. I recommend using reconstituted (soaked in warm water) & peeling the almonds and using an old fashioned food grinder. It releases the oils and makes for a smoother more moist cookie. And yes, I do not share the recipes because they go back generations to my family who emigrated from Germany. They are somewhat varied but most use ground citron along with the almonds.

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  • Raquel

    These sound delicious! Will add to my list of christmas cookies I am making this year! Can the dough be frozen, then used later? Also, my mom made something like this with the almonds but instead of almond extract she used anise extract, very yummy!

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  • Sarah

    Delicious! I toasted the almonds before grinding them, used all whole wheat pastry flour, increased the almond extract to 1 teaspoon and used sliced almonds to top the cookies rather than whole. Oh, and I only had salted butter so I omitted the salt. I did have to increase the baking time by about 5 time I'll flatten the cookies out a bit and then I think the time will be correct. The flavor is really great though and I was expecting a shortbread texture, but they're actually crispy on the outside and soft on the inside which is great. Also, even though there's only 1/2 cup sugar they are still plenty sweet. Thanks for another great recipe, even my husband who claims to hate nuts loves these cookies!

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  • Shakta

    I love all the recipes in your website. The cookies look delish!!! I watch your youtube videos for the recipes too.

    Do add more recipes.

    Warm Wishes,
    S Kaur

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  • Always Healthy Mom

    Loved the almond cookies! They went over well at the party! Thanks everyone loves a better cookie!

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  • Carolyn C.

    I made these cookies tonight, and I am hooked! They remind me of the cookies you get in the chinese restaurants, and I cant believe I now have the recipe for them! :) Thank you!!

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  • Terri

    These are a new favorite in my house. Let me tell you what I did to them today.....OH, You HAVE to try this.... Instead of topping w/ an almond, I put a square of Chocolate xoxoxo (is the brand) It's cherries and Almonds in Dark Chocolate.... YUM. cherries, chocolate and almonds are such a great combo. : ) I had to share this with you.

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  • Lin

    That was one great recipe!!! Since it turned out so delicious I wondered how it would be with walnuts instead of almonds..I decided to experiment it. Just replaced almonds with walnuts added a little bit agave and chocolate chips and Voilà!!!

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  • Nicole

    Great recipe! Thanks for sharing. I added some mini chocolate chips.

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  • Ivonne Marie

    Hi. If I only have salted butter, will it be okay to use if I omit the 1/4 teaspoon of salt?

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    • Catherine McCord

      yes that should be fine!

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  • FoodFlav

    Hey this is my first time heard about Almond Cookies, Sorry if its look weird for you, By going Indregients and Preparations seems looks very easy to make, Will Try it ASAP!

    Thanks for Sharing :)

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