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The Most Amazing Almond Cookies

Italian Dessert


Yield approximately 5 ½ – 6 dozen


  • 2 cups almonds – finely ground
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups butter – room temperature, unsalted
  • 1 cup granuated sugar
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • 4 cups flour – sifted
  • additional granulated sugar – for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Using your food processor, grind almonds until they look like coarse cornmeal and set aside.
  3. Cream together, butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add vanilla and salt and combine completely.
  5. Add flour and mix in until well combined.
  6. Next add the ground almonds and mix all together.
  7. Shape into little balls. For ease use an ice cream scoop to make sure they are all the same size for uniform baking.
  8. Place the balls on baking pans lined with parchment paper about 1-inch apart and place in refrigerator to chill for about 20 minutes or until you are sure the little balls are firm.
  9. Once chilled, place in a preheated oven and bake for about 15 – 20 minutes. They should be firm but not brown. They will be very fragile so let sit for 5 or 6 minutes after removing from the oven.
  10. As they will still be a little warm and fragile, roll them very carefully in a plate filled with granulated sugar.
  11. Turn them as you roll them so that each cookie is fully sugar coated.
  12. Place coated cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.

NOTE: If you let the cookies get too cool, they will not coat well. So you have to work quickly.

Buon Mangiata!


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