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Almond Cookies

Beverly Preston of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin started making Almond Cookies after enjoying similar ones at her favorite Chinese restaurant. “These crisp cookies have a wonderful almond flavor,” she says.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sliced almonds


  • In a small bowl, cream the shortening, 1/2 cup sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in remaining sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with the bottom of a glass. Press three almond slices into the center of each.
  • Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 100 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 20mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Dnieves76
    Mar 17, 2015

    Love this recipe. A hit every time. I made some changes though. Instead of a cup of shortening, I used1/2 cup of butter and1/2cup of shortening. I also used 2 tsp of almond extract instead of one. So in love with this recipe that I used it also to cut out Christmas cookies. You can also melt chocolate and cover them. Delicious!

  • cas64152
    Dec 21, 2014

    Very delicious! Light, not too sweet. Took me 12-13 mins to bake.

  • qbubbles
    Dec 22, 2013

    Awesome! They needed more than 9 minutes in the oven, so I just kept watch until the bottoms turned golden brown. They have a nice crispy texture on the outside, and a creamy type texture on the inside. Fantastic. Remind me of the ones my mom used to make as a kid. This is my new recipe!

  • greenpickles17
    Aug 13, 2013

    These cookies were easy to make and went well with an afternoon shower I hosted. My children helped make them and enjoyed how simple they were to make.

  • nattyjean
    May 26, 2013

    This recipe was quick and easy!

  • NoChef100
    Apr 8, 2013

    These are very similar to a shortbread cookie. They crumble too much when trying to form a ball. I would add 2 teaspoons of almond extract, but that would even make them stickier. Also, they only make about 2 dozen, unless you would roll the dough about the size of a marble. They're also not really that good tasting for all the trouble.

  • rlittleman
    Mar 27, 2013

    This was a very easy recipe with great results. I made mine larger than 1 inch so had to bake a little longer but they taste great. Next time I think I will put almond chips into the batter as well.

  • Terry2013
    Feb 8, 2013

    This recipe is a keeper! These cookie's melt in your mouth! Absolutely delicious!

  • JennTats
    Dec 28, 2012

    A great cookie that goes well with coffee or tea. Reminds me of Christmas at grandmas.

  • lindsayrweiss
    Nov 15, 2012

    Delicious! I added a little bit more almond extract because I love it!