Almond Cookies


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Almond cookies were one of the first things I ever baked and probably what got me into baking a few years ago. These almond treats inspired me to have this blog today! I love the soft and chewy texture of this cookie. It is topped off with a few pieces of sliced almonds to add some crunch to this cookie. It looks pretty too! Almond is such an essential ingredient in my kitchen whether it is almond extract, almond flour, or sliced almonds. I have been using all the almonds to make macarons lately but I’m finally sharing these delicious simple treats that made me realize how much I love baking!

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Garnish each cookie dough with a few pieces of sliced almonds to create a flower like shape.

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The sliced almonds spread out once the cookie expands in the oven so placing them close together well look nice when they are done. Brush each cookie with a thin layer of egg wash. This will give the cookies a shiny glaze and hold the sliced almonds together on the cookie.

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And did I mention that these are addicting? I like to under bake my cookies for about a minute or two. When you take these out of the oven early (about 8 minutes) they taste like shortbread cookies! If you decide to take them out of the oven early they are extremely soft, so carefully transfer the cookies to a wire rack and they will harden once cooled.

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Makes 40 cookies

1 c unsalted butter, room temperature
1 c granulated sugar
1 egg
4 Tbsp honey
2 tsp almond extract
3 c all purpose flour
1+1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c white chocolate chips
sliced almonds

Egg Wash:
1 egg yolk
1 tsp water

1. Preheat the oven to 350F.

2. In an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until it’s light and fluffy.

3. Add egg, honey, and almond extract to the butter and sugar. Mix at a low speed until well combined.

4. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Then add it to the butter mixture and beat until combined.

5. Fold the white chocolate chips into the mixture.

6. Scoop a generous tablespoon of cookie dough and roll it into a ball. Set it on your baking sheet and gently press the cookie dough ball into a thick disc (see picture above).

7. Place a few pieces of sliced almonds on each cookie dough disc and lightly press the almond slices onto the dough.

8. In a small prep bowl, mix the egg yolk and water to make the egg wash. Lightly brush the egg wash onto each cookie dough disc without knocking off the sliced almonds.

9. Sprinkle a tiny bit of graduated sugar on top of each cookie dough (optional: sometimes the egg wash can taste a bit savory so dusting with some sugar will help).

10. Bake for 9-10 minutes at 350F. For very soft cookies, bake for 8-9 minutes.

11. Transfer them to a wire rack and the cookies will continue to harden a bit once cooled.


Source: Hot Polka Dot

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