These Holiday Almond Cookies get their rich almond flavor from both almond flour and almond extract. The simple dough is rolled in colorful sugar to make the cookies festive for the holidays.
Baking with almond flour has been popularized by both the paleo and keto diet movements. Whether you follow those diets or not, baking with almond flour can give your baked goods are soft, but chewy texture that is quite pleasant.
In addition to the almond flour, I used an almond extract to flavor these cookies. They are like a soft, chewy sugar cookie with an extra punch of almond flavor.
I got the question on instagram, “so what do they taste like?” The flavor is somewhere between shortbread cookies and marzipan.
These chewy cookies have a delightful almond flavor, but are not as crisp as a shortbread or as soft as marzipan. The texture is similar to a chewy chocolate chip cookie.
- Baking sheet and parchment paper to line it with
- Large mixing bowl for mixing the dough
- Whisk and spatula for mixing the ingredients
- Scoop for measuring dough balls
- Wire cooling rack for cooling the almond cookies
You will be amazed at how easy it is to make these festive almond flour cookies in one bowl. Just mix the ingredients together, chill the dough, and bake!
- Coconut oil
- Granulated sugar – You can use brown sugar, but the cookies will be softer and darker in color
- Almond extract – You can add vanilla extract in addition, but you need the almond extract for the intense almond flavor
- Fine almond flour
- Baking soda
- Colored sugar for decorating – optional
Can i just use almond meal or ground almonds?
No! It is essential that you use finely ground almond flour for this recipe. If you use anything more coarse, the texture will be dry and chunky instead of perfectly soft and chewy.
I rolled my chewy almond cookie dough balls in red, green and rainbow sprinkles because I thought they were perfect for the holiday season! You can bake these plain without rolling them in any sugar or roll in turbinado sugar to be enjoyed year round!
Let’s make some Holiday Almond Cookies!
Step 1: Prepare and chill the almond dough
To begin, add the egg, coconut oil, sugar, and almond extract to a bowl and whisk to combine. Then, add almond flour, salt, and baking soda to the bowl and fold in with a spatula.
If its difficult to mix the dough, you can use your hands to knead the dough together. Place the dough in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
Step 2: Roll dough in decorating sugar and bake
Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, preheat oven to 350F and pour decorating sugars into shallow bowls. Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator, scoop out a heaping tbsp of dough and roll into a tight ball.
Next, roll that dough ball in the decorating sugar and place on the baking sheet. If you are skipping the decorating sugar, you can place the dough balls directly on the baking sheet.
Once you have rolled all the dough into balls, bake at 350F for 18 minutes. Remove the almond cookies from the oven and cool on cooling rack.
Step 3: Enjoy!
Yes! You can freeze these holiday almond cookies two ways. You can either freeze the fully baked cookies or roll the dough into balls and freeze the dough balls.
If you freeze them as dough balls, just remove them from the freezer and allow them to thaw slightly before following baking instructions.
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You can find the full recipe below. If you make this recipe, please rate and review it in the comments, or share it with me on Instagram!
- 1 egg – room temperature
- 1/4 cup melted and cooled coconut oil
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Optional – colorful sugar for decorating
- Add the egg, coconut oil, sugar, and almond extract to a bowl and whisk to combine
- Add almond flour, salt, and baking soda to the bowl and fold in with a spatula – if its difficult to mix you can use your hands to knead the dough together
- Place the dough in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, preheat oven to 350F and pour decorating sugars into shallow bowls to roll cooking dough in
- Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator, scoop out a heaping tbsp of dough and roll into a tight ball
- Roll that dough ball in the decorating sugar and place on the baking sheet – if you are skipping the decorating sugar you can place the dough balls directly on the baking sheet
- Once you have rolled all the dough into balls, bake at 350F for 18 minutes
- Remove from the oven and cool on cooling rack