Buttery Almond Cookies

Warning: This recipe is awful for your health.  I’m pretty sure just by looking at the pictures 1/2 of your arteries will spontaneously clog and you’ll go into a butter coma.

That said… these cookies are fabulous.  I’ve been trying more and more recipes out of my Professional Baking cookbook and they are always so amazing!  I guess it’s because it’s (literally) a textbook for pastry school… which makes me want to go to pastry school!  A girl can dream, right?  Anways, these cookies… melt in your mouth.  But they’re also just a little chewy from the almonds, and just… divine.  I can see accidentally eating a dozen in one sitting.  Self-control or hungry neighbors would be an important key to surviving these treats.  What makes them even worse?  They are ridiculously easy to make and don’t have very many ingredients.

  

Recipe: Buttery Almond Cookies

8 oz butter, softened
2.5 oz powdered sugar
1 oz brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
8 oz flour
6 oz almonds, ground*
extra powdered sugar, for dusting (maybe about 1/2 a cup)

Cream together the butter and sugars. Mix in the salt and vanilla, followed by the flour. After all the flour has been incorporated, stir the ground almonds into the dough, which should be fairly firm, but pliable enough to mold with your hands. It should not be sticky.

Mold the dough into either balls or whatever shape you want (I chose crescent) and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until deliciously golden brown. After they’ve had a second to cool, dust the cookies generously with powdered sugar**. Attempt not to eat all of them at once because they are so scrumptious.

   

*I ‘ground’ my almonds in a tiny food processor (its adorable!)
**To dust my cookies I found a metal wire strainer and scooped the powdered sugar in there, and then I tapped the side with a spoon over the cookies. It works pretty well.  (see picture above)

3 thoughts on “Buttery Almond Cookies

  1. Holly

    That is so weird, because I was just looking at a package of left over diced almonds in my pantry and was thinking how nice it’d be to make an almond cookie!! I really have to try these. What would you say the measurement in cups would be after the almonds are ground? They’re already chopped so I’m not sure how to measure them.

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  2. mytychic Post author

    Hey Holly! I measured them after I ground them… well, actually, there wasn’t that much leftover after I ground the 1/2 cup so I just dumped them all in, but you’re supposed to measure post-grinding.

    You should definitely make them-I ended up taking them into my class and heard nothing but high praises. Everyone loved them (but who doesn’t love a cookie made up mostly out of butter?).

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  3. Taryl

    Yes, this is me dying.

    You know, a friend of mine was a semester away from her Bachelor’s, and I think it was her second one, when she abandoned traditional col,erg and went to pastry school. Leaving her English program for cakes was the best decision she ever made, she is much happier and more successful, too.

    Just saying 😉

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