Almond Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Almond Sugar Cookies Recipe

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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.
MAKES:27 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 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.
Originally published as Almond Sugar Cookies in Taste of Home December/January 2004, p27

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268146
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2017

"We love these cookies. We've been known to decorate them for holidays other than Christmas and decorate them accordingly."

lvarner User ID: 35803 257584
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2016

"These cookies are much easier to make than rolled cut-out cookies but taste really good and are very pretty! They would be a nice addition to a holiday cookie tray. The almond extract makes them a little unusual and special."

Bgbielen User ID: 1409645 242626
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!!"

Rwilkes User ID: 7531790 75836
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"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 134294
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!"

Sascha18 User ID: 4667359 90631
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."

carolclev User ID: 1603336 143398
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

"These were great even without the icing!!"

Aredhotchili User ID: 6505614 56080
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!"

scupples4 User ID: 1656205 56079
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"

cookbookmom User ID: 807408 134293
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"These really are an excellent cookie."

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