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Traditional Italian Almond Cookies Recipe

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  • Author: Living the Gourmet
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 30 cookies 1x


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  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups AP flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 20 almonds, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • About 30 whole almonds, for topping


  1. In a food processor or bullet part of your food processor combine 20 almonds and 2 tablespoons of sugar and crush.  Set this aside for rolling the cookie dough in.
  2. In a large bowl combine the softened butter and confectioners sugar. Add the egg and almond extract and combine.
  3. Sift in the flour, cream of tartar, salt and baking soda and mix into a dough.
  4. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least one hour.
  5. Preheat Oven 375 degrees F.
  6. Using a rounded tablespoon or cookie scooper to divide the dough and shape into small balls.
  7. Roll the balls in the almond and sugar mixture.
  8. Place the balls on a baking sheet prepared with parchment paper and press 1 almond into the cent of each.
  9. Bake for about 10 minutes depending on the oven range.  They should be lightly golden around the edges.  Take them out and let them rest for a minutes before transferring to a cool rack.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian
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