Almond Butter Cookies Recipe
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Almond Butter Cookies Recipe

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I came up with this cookie recipe as a way to capture a butter cake popular in my husband's native Netherlands. Almond paste and butter make each melt-in-your-mouth morsel irresistible.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:39 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 39 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 6 ounces almond paste
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 115 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 58 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening, almond paste and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  2. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 6-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Almond Butter Cookies in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p70

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Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"I thought they were great. I made two changes. Since my Almond paste came in a 7 oz package, I used it all rather then throw out one ounce. And I rolled the cookie balls in sugar before putting them on the pan. The almond taste isn't the instant you bite, but it is a smooth flavor you get a few seconds after.

Saguarogirl - I have never seen almond butter, maybe this depends on the area you live in?.. The almond paste came in a tall rectangular box in the area with spices. I surfed the net, and it said they are different enough not to be substituted. A better substitute is marzipan."

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"Haven,t made it yet:what is the difference between almond paste and almond butter? Can get butter at my grocery. How do I substitute?"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"I LOVE LOVE LOVE these cookies!I would make these monthly if I could. They are delicious with a glass of cold milk. Easy to make!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"I agree with LegalSec. Tried adding flour, then confectioners sugar, then freezing the dough. Just doesn't come out right, and too greasy. I make a lot of things with almond paste and I was really disappointed."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"I was excited about making these cookies. Such a disappointment. The cookies resemble a snickerdoodle in the picture, trust me they did not. They were flat, greasy and undercooked even when I cooked for additional time. Would not make again."

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