My mother wasn’t much of a baker when I was growing up, and when she did get out the flour and sugar, she usually opted to make something I wasn’t overly fond of.

Like fruit cake, mincemeat pies, or (gag) my grandmother’s famous trifle.

But on the odd occasion, she would surprise me with a batch of her almond cookies, and it would take every ounce of my willpower not to eat the entire batch in one sitting.

This recipe is incredibly easy to make, and is the perfect treat for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. If you’re serving these to guests, or packaging them into a box as a gift, you can use different cookie cutters and/or top each cookie with a few sliced almonds.

I personally enjoy them with a drop of homemade jam on top and a spot of tea on the side!

Simple and Delicious Almond Cookies
Author: Dani Ryan
  • 1 cup butter, soft
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Beat butter, sugar, and egg together
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients
  4. Shape into balls and flatten with a fork
  5. Sprinkle with sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet
  6. Bake until golden

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These almond cookies were a family favorite when I was growing up. They are so incredibly easy to make, taste delicious with a drop of homemade jam on top. My mother always made these during the Christmas holidays, but they make the perfect treat for all occasions!

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