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Almond Sugar Cookies Recipe

Almond Sugar Cookies Recipe

It's a tradition in our house to start baking Christmas cookies early in the season and try some new recipes every year. This nutty glazed melt-in-your-mouth cookie is one of my favorites. -Lisa Hummell Phillipsburg, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:27 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Additional sugar
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons water
  • Green food coloring, optional
  • Sliced almonds, toasted


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in almond extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Roll into 1-in. balls.
  • 2. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Coat bottom of a glass with cooking spray; dip in sugar. Flatten cookies with prepared glass, dipping glass in sugar again as needed.
  • 3. Bake at 400° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks.
  • 4. In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, almond extract and enough water to achieve glaze consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired; drizzle over cookies. Sprinkle with almonds. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.

Reviews for Almond Sugar Cookies

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Reviewed Jan. 26, 2016

"These cookies have been my all time favorite ever since I first found them in Tadte of Home many years ago. My family counts on these at Christmas time. Yummy!!"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"My cookie dough also came out dry and hard to form balls, BUT...I put it in the microwave for 5-10 secs and Voila! Soft and pliable after stirring. 20 secs if you had it in the refrigerator. No need to use eggs or more butter. Softens up and is easy to make balls"

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"A very classy tasty cookie - they do melt in your mouth. If you have problems with the dough sticking together, be sure to mix the flour mixture in very well. Then when you roll each ball of dough out, I give it a good squeeze to compact it - worked great for me. I think I made the dough balls a bit big though, I only got 3 dozen, but they are worth it!"

Reviewed May. 23, 2012

"I didn't have as great of luck with this recipe-I'm going to blame it on high altitude here in Colorado. My last batch turned out the best because I barely flattened the cookies (just enough to get the sugar on top) and only cooked them for five minutes. When I cooked them for seven minutes and really flattened them, they turned out overcooked and too flat."

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

"These were great even without the icing!!"

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012

"I received a box of jam filled cookies at Christmas that were an almond flavored type sugar cookie. I decided to try to replicate them and used this recipe. I think mine were better! I filled the warm cookies with heated fruit spread and pressed two together to make a sandwich. They were so good, so sweet and buttery, I giggled with delight. I can't wait to share them with my mom!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"These sugar cookies are great when you are craving real homemade sugar cookies, but don't have the time for all the cutouts and frosting. YUMMY"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"These really are an excellent cookie."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"These cookies are so melt-in-your mouth good! This is more of a shortbread cookie than traditional sugar cookie. We make lots of cookies at our house and this is a new favorite. We followed the recipe exactly although we omitted the sliced almonds on top. My daughter is making a batch right now with pink drizzled frosting for a valentines' party!"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"These cookies are delicious and pretty! My husband likes them without the frosting, but where is the fun in that?"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"cookies were GREAT my kids loved them and their dad who is not a fan of almond was amazed by the flavor! would def make again!"

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"These have become a Christmas tradition since my daughter first made them several years ago. They are wonderful and everyone loves the flavor. Make them just once, you'll be convinced, and hooked."

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

"This recipe is easy, quick and delicious!"

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