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Italian Almond Cookies are soft cookies filled with almond flavor and dipped in an almond icing. A sweet treat that is perfect for holidays, celebrations and any occasion in between.
I went back to my Grandma's Italian background and made this special cookie! They are like little pieces of pillowy and eggy shortbread numminess! Yes, I just made some those names up, but they describe the cookies so perfectly! The recipe I found for these Italian Almond Cookies actually called for anisette and not almond. Anisette is the flavoring from aniseed, which is the seed from an anise plant. It has a black licorice flavor and it is a very distinct and pungent flavor. The flavoring is very common in Italy, Spain and Portugal. However, my family prefers the almond flavoring so that's what we roll with. Now that you had a little history lesson, lets go bake some delicious cookies!
This post was originally posted on 12/19/2015 and updated on 12/02/2020.
Italian Almond Cookie Ingredients
- Salted Butter
- Pure Almond Extract
- Baking Powder
- Unbleached All Purpose Flour
- Powdered Sugar
Can I substitute the Almond Extract?
Absolutely! You can substitute with Vanilla Extract, Lemon Extract or Anise Extract. Use the same amount of vanilla or lemon as called for almond. If using anise, only use half of the amount called for. Anise has a much more pungent flavor.
How to Make Italian Almond Cookies
Step 1: Make the Dough
In a stand mixer or with a hand beater, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg then beat in almond extract. Add the flour and milk alternately until the dough is completely combined.
Step 2: Bake the Cookies
Using a small cookie scoop, place cookies 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Then take each cookie drop and roll it into a smooth ball. Bake in a 350° oven for 10-12 minutes. The cookies should not be browned, they will only have a slight golden brown on the bottoms. Let cool on pan for 2 minutes and then remove to wire rack to cool completely.
Step 3: Ice Cookies
Once the cookies are completely cooled, whisked together the powdered sugar, almond extract and milk. Dip the tops of the cookies into the icing and sprinkle with desired nonpareils or sprinkles. Let cookies rest until icing has hardened.
Can Italian Almond Cookies be Frozen
Yes, these cookies freeze very well. Once the icing has set and hardened, layer the cookies between wax or parchment paper in a freezer safe air tight container. I have noticed that when I thaw these cookies, sometimes the sprinkles will bleed a little bit. To avoid that, you can freeze the cookies without the icing. Then ice and decorate them after they have completely thawed.
More Holiday Cookie Recipes
- Confetti Sugar Cookies
- Frosted Pumpkin Drop Cookies
- Peanut Butter Temptations
- Sugar Cookie Cut Outs
- Gingerbread Men
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Butter Spritz Cookies
- Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies
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Italian Almond Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a stand mixer or large bowl with hand beater, cream together butter and sugar.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg.
- Beat in almond extract and baking powder.
- Add flour and milk alternatively until dough is mixed well.
- Using a cookie scoop, drop cookies onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Then gently roll the dough into smooth balls.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cookies should not brown, the bottoms will be a bit golden is all.
- Let cool a few minutes on pans and remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
- Whisk together the powdered sugar, almond extract and milk together.
- Dip the tops of the cookies in the glaze and rest on wire rack or wax paper. Do a few cookies at a time and then add desired decorations before the glaze hardens.
- Let icing set and harden before storing cookies.