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Almond Sugar Cookies

It's a tradition in our house to start baking Christmas cookies early in the season and try some new recipes every year. These nutty, glazed, melt-in-your-mouth almond sugar cookies are one of my favorites. —Lisa Hummell, Phillipsburg, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 4-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 400°. 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake until edges are lightly browned, 7-9 minutes. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 67 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • cheyenne
    Dec 5, 2020

    So easy, and so delicious. I didn't have any almond extract on hand, so I just used vanilla extract instead and used twice as much (except in the glaze- I used a lot less in the glaze because the vanilla was very strong). I had some sliced almonds on hand, so I tossed them in a pan on medium heat and shook them every couple minutes until they were toasted. I glazed, and sprinkled them on top. AMAZING! Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe :)

  • Lauren
    Dec 2, 2020

    I don’t bake too often, but wanted to have some homemade holiday cookies around the house and boy were these a huge hit! Super easy and the components I got made me feel like a Foodnetwork Holiday Champion! ?? thanks for sharing this recipe, I will be making it many time over!

  • Frances
    Aug 25, 2019

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  • Ellen
    Jan 20, 2018

    These cookies were delicious! I haven't made the glaze as they are just great without them. I prefer them to be not so sweet. I used my medium Oxo cookie scoop and got 20 cookies. I have the Wilton mega size cookie pan and was able to get 4 rows of 5 cookies on them at one time (with parchment paper). They don't spread any more than you flatten them so I'm not sure why you would need them 2 inches apart. Instead of cooking spray on the glass, I just rubbed butter on the bottom of it and dipped it in vanilla sugar to flatten each cookie. I baked mine for 7 min. and just let them cool on the pan and they were all fine.

  • Debglass11
    Nov 14, 2017

    These were REALLY good! The only adjustment I made was to add about a cup of sugar instead of 3/4 cup. These cookies are buttery, rich and sweet....and the dough is easy to work with. I baked them at 400 degrees for exactly 9 minutes and they were perfect. I haven't glazed them yet, but honestly, they are delicious without the glaze too! Either way, these cookies will be on my Christmas cookie tray!Volunteer Field Editor

  • Cam625
    Jul 17, 2017

    Excellent, quick, and easy!!

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 20, 2017

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

  • lvarner
    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
    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
    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