I adore chocolate cookies. I make many different varieties of chocolate cookies – any excuse is a reason for a chocolate cookie in my book. But about 10 years ago, I decided to branch out and look for other cookies to bake for my family. Fortunately, I discovered this recipe for almond cookies right away. Everyone in my family likes this iced almond cookie and it’s always requested when I’m baking.
It’s a soft buttery cookie with a hint of almond flavor. I add almond flavoring to the icing as well, but you could create a more subtle almond flavor by using vanilla extract in the icing.
I first started making these iced almond cookies as Christmas cookies and that’s how my family thinks of them.
It’s easy to make them in large batches, the freeze perfectly and they’re so pretty with the green icing.
But then it occurred to me that these green cookies are also perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Since my family already loves them, it makes sense to serve them more than just during the holiday season.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp almond or vanilla extract
- 3-5 tsp water
- Green food coloring
- Heat the oven to 400F.
- Cream butter, sugar and almond extract in a large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed approximately 2 minutes or until creamy. Add remaining cookie ingredients and mix on low speed for approximately 2 minutes or until well mixed.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart. Grease the flat bottom of a glass and flatten each ball to approximately 1/4 inch thick.
- Bake for approximately 7-8 minutes or until the edges are just barely brown.
- Cool cookies completely on wire rack.
- Stir together all frosting ingredients, adding the water slowly until the frosting reaches the desired consistency. Tint with food coloring to create the desired color.
- Frost each cookie. Allow the frosting to set on the cookies for approximately 1 hour before packing away for storage.
- Frosted cookies can be frozen in an air-tight container with a sheet of wax paper between layers.
Whatever occasion you have, you’ll find this recipe for almond cookies will become your go-to recipe.