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Almond Cookies

These are the BEST Almond Cookies. They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and super easy to make, with a chewy texture and crunchy almond bits.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 184kcal
Author: Megan Porta

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 3/4 cup salted butter softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cups sliced almonds coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp orange zest

Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Topping

  • 1 tbsp orange zest up to 2 tbsp zest

Instructions

Make The Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), combine the butter, sugar, egg and almond extract. Beat on medium speed until creamy and free of lumps.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Gradually add to the butter-sugar mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined. Stir in the almonds and orange zest.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, drop the dough by 1 1/2 tablespoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake in the preheated oven for 9-10 minutes, or until bottoms are very slightly golden. Let cool.

Make The Icing

  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), combine the powdered sugar, milk and extract. Beat on medium speed until icing is smooth.

Assemble The Cookies

  • Drizzle icing over the cooled cookies, top with orange zest and serve! Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • Use a medium cookie scoop for best results. If you do not have a cookie scoop, scoop out rounded tablespoons of batter and roll into balls using your hands.
  • Be careful not to over-bake these! They are pretty quick bakers, so start looking for that light golden bottom around the 8-minute mark.
  • Promise me you will not skip out on the orange zest. That one simple little ingredient sends these cookies over the edge of cookie greatness.
  • Almond Cookies will stay fresh for up to 5 days in an air-tight container at room temperature, or freeze for 4-6 months.
  • Replace half of the flour in the recipe with almond flour for an EXTRA punch of almond flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 193IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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