Ho, ho, ho! Santa Claus is coming soon- do you know which cookies you’ll be baking for him? We sure do! Normally, I’d be baking these M&M Cookies, a Christmas tradition in our family, but this year, I’ve decided on a new favorite! These soft, chewy, sugary cookies with a gloriously subtle and delicate almond flavor, and sparkly, crunchy sugar all over the outside…..WHAT. A. COOKIE! We hosted a Christmas party this weekend and I transformed into a baking fiend. I baked these amazing almond cookies, my favorite M&M cookies mentioned above, and shortbreads with pistachios, cranberries, and white chocolate (can’t wait to share those with you!). They were all amazing, but my hands-down favorite were these soft almond cookies.

Normally, I’m not a huge fan of anything with almond extract, but I decided to make these anyway, because my big sis loves it. I’m so glad I took a chance! Not only are these beautiful, they’re downright DE-licious! Try them this Christmas! Santa Claus will thank you! :)

Soft and Chewy Almond Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
2 eggs
2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups cake flour**
1 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

coarse decorating sugar, for rolling the cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream sugar and butter.  Stir in eggs, almond extract, and vanilla. Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt and add to butter/egg mixture.

Form dough into walnut sized balls and roll in decorating sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheet and press down to flatten slightly. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Bake for 8 minutes; cookies should not brown much at all- do not overbake.

**If you don’t have cake flour, all purpose will work fine

Recipe source: adapted from Confections from the Cody Kitchen

Share:


25 Comments »

  1. Those look and sound great!! I will be making these this Christmas.

    [Reply]

    Comment by Amy B. — December 10, 2012 @ 3:54 PM

  2. i love almond anything! must remember these!

    [Reply]

    Comment by natalie@thesweetslife — December 10, 2012 @ 8:30 PM

  3. I live in Australia so I’m not sure if it’s a cultural difference or not but would cake flour be equivalent to self-raising flour??

    [Reply]

    amy Reply:

    No, it’s not the same. You’ll be just fine to use all purpose. Just use a little bit extra corn starch (a half teaspoon should do it).

    [Reply]

    Comment by Ashlee Jackson — December 10, 2012 @ 9:50 PM

  4. Sooo goood!! I want more – can you bake a batch & bring me some to go with my coffee this morning? :D

    [Reply]

    Comment by mother — December 11, 2012 @ 8:49 AM

  5. We’ll definitely be making these for Santa Claus. Thank you!

    [Reply]

    Comment by Heather — December 11, 2012 @ 4:34 PM

  6. […] Christmas cookies! I posted these recently over at Sing For Your Supper. […]

    Pingback by Some Christmas Cheer… | A Little Something Lovely — December 13, 2012 @ 1:21 PM

  7. How Make Chewy Almond…

    […] ecorating sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheet and press down to flatten sligh […]…

    Trackback by Almond Flour Pie Crust Blog — December 13, 2012 @ 2:31 PM

  8. These are so right up my alley. Soft and pillowy with almond flavor. YUM! Your presentation and photos are beautiful, too :-)

    [Reply]

    Comment by Kelsey — December 17, 2012 @ 1:59 PM

  9. I’m a recent almond flavor convert. Love to put it in our annual Christmas pizzelle! YUM!! These cookies seem so simple yet are so beautiful, Amy.

    [Reply]

    Comment by Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — December 18, 2012 @ 8:24 AM

  10. These are Yummy! The Almond really gives it that BANG! We used raw sugar.

    [Reply]

    Comment by Mike 'Cookie Man' D. — January 3, 2013 @ 9:30 PM

  11. WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by
    searching for Food

    [Reply]

    Comment by bar cakes — February 23, 2013 @ 1:10 AM

  12. In fact ωhen someone doesn’t understand after that its up to other viewers that they will help, so here it occurs.

    Here is my webpage :: Linda

    [Reply]

    Comment by Linda — May 24, 2013 @ 10:56 PM

  13. Hi there, I log on to your new stuff like every week. Your story-telling style is
    witty, keep doing what you’re doing!

    [Reply]

    Comment by Howard — May 30, 2013 @ 12:21 AM

  14. You ought to take part in a contest for one of the finest sites on the web.

    I’m going to highly recommend this website!

    Feel free to surf to my blog post – Download Youtube Videos

    [Reply]

    Comment by Download Youtube Videos — June 13, 2013 @ 8:30 AM

  15. I every time spent my half an hour to read this weblog’s content daily along with a cup of coffee.

    my weblog: Logo Mojo Promo Code

    [Reply]

    Comment by Logo Mojo Promo Code — June 27, 2013 @ 2:35 PM

  16. Quality and professionalism, reliability, trust are always confirmed
    at Mexico Wedding pictures lovers, and that is why these solutions are used by more and more
    would be family members, bridegrooms, women, models, world
    of design applicants. If you look at the other aspect of wedding photography,
    you may agree with the importance it has in everybody’s life. Stone work on old churches or arched doorways make fantastic backdrops for these shots. Look at their personal style when capturing pictures of their client. This may be a photographer that may at times photograph a wedding, but still depend on other sustenance to satisfy their bills.

    [Reply]

    Comment by Atlanta Wedding Photographers — June 29, 2013 @ 10:03 PM

  17. What’s up, I would like to subscribe for this weblog to obtain most up-to-date updates, thus where can i do it please help.

    [Reply]

    Comment by ottawa ontario — July 18, 2013 @ 2:26 PM

  18. Vintage jewelry turns up frequently in pawn shops when people come in hoping to trade cash for
    gold and diamonds. A DIY Guide for Making Your Own Wedding Stationery.
    Diamonds have flashes of light and shadows while the zirconia has fire in its reflection.

    My web-site … antique engagement rings unique diamond engagement rings wedding and engagement rings design your own engagement ring popular engagement rings,
    http://cordellhcgu.bravejournal.com,

    [Reply]

    Comment by http://cordellhcgu.bravejournal.com — September 1, 2013 @ 11:05 PM

  19. It acts as a toner for the whole skin, helping to smooth
    over blemishes and other imperfections that may stick out
    or otherwise look obvious. Apply this mixture to blemished areas to cool uncomfortable and sore
    skin. Apply the mixture to your acne and leave it on for.

    Have a look at my web-site … best acne home remedies natural
    acne treatment vinegar where can I get the best acne home remedies (Kaitlyn)

    [Reply]

    Comment by Kaitlyn — September 13, 2013 @ 8:42 PM

  20. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so
    much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home
    a little bit, but other than that, this is excellent blog.
    A fantastic read. I will certainly be back.

    [Reply]

    Comment by web page — September 16, 2013 @ 7:16 PM

  21. Have you ever thought about publishing an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs?
    I have a blog centered on the same information you discuss and would really like to have you share some
    stories/information. I know my viewers would
    value your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free
    to send me an e-mail.

    Feel free to visit my page … clean water supply

    [Reply]

    Comment by clean water supply — September 18, 2013 @ 7:12 PM

  22. Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It truly useful &
    it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and help others like you helped me.

    my weblog … horses for sale

    [Reply]

    Comment by horses for sale — September 21, 2013 @ 11:52 PM

  23. Thanks for your marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it, you might
    be a great author. I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and will often come back later on.
    I want to encourage one to continue your great writing, have a
    nice weekend!

    Review my webpage – pet cat’s teeth

    [Reply]

    Comment by pet cat's teeth — October 7, 2013 @ 2:06 AM

  24. These were one the BEST cookies I’ve EVER eaten! I made them for our family tree decorating party and everyone raved about them. I’ve never had a cookie like it. Very festive and special.

    [Reply]

    Comment by Heather R — November 16, 2013 @ 7:18 PM

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment