Almond Cookie Recipe for Valentine’s Day…. or any day!

Post by Maggie Terryn of Mom Colored Glasses

It is with great reservation that I am about to share this almond cookie recipe with the world…because I am the world’s worst baker, maybe a six month old is worse, but not by a lot.  So, this is the one baked good I’ve managed to perfect and now I’m giving away the one thing that I can impress people with.  I can cook any day of the week, but baking…I’m a disaster.  I’ve thrown away more money in the form of ruined baked goods than I care to divulge.  But, our mom colored glasses readers are worth it. So here you go…try to save a few to give away it’ll be hard, but you can do it!

Almond Cookie Recipe for Valentine's DayWhat you need:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 4-6 oz. almond paste (you’ll notice that the package I have pictured above says 10 oz…I always use 3/4 of the package even though it’s probably more than 6 oz….you just can’t go wrong with almond paste!)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 & 3/4 cup flour

Almond Cookie Recipe for Valentine's Day 1Cream together butter & almond paste.  Cut up the almond paste into big chunks, because even if you leave it out on the counter over night it never really gets that soft.

Add sugar & almond extract.

Beat in egg.

Combine salt & flour in a separate bowl and then slowly add into the butter and almond mixture.

Your dough will be pretty crumbly…not to worry!

Almond Cookie Recipe for Valentine's Day 2Do not chill this dough…you have to finish it right away.

Roll the dough into little balls, like the 1/2 the size of a golf ball.  Mine are a little bigger than that…it doesn’t have to be exact (and this is probably the reason I’m a terrible baker).

Almond Cookie Recipe for Valentine's Day 3Next, you’ll need a cookie stamp….mine has little hearts on it.  It doesn’t really matter what the stamp is…..you could probably even flatten them with the bottom of a glass.  Press the stamp into each cookie so they end up being about 1/2″ thick.  Georgia did some of mine for me and I promise that I threw the ones away that she bit while stamping and I washed her hands…..I promise!

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Almond Cookie Recipe for Valentine's Day 5Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes…11 minutes seems to be perfect in my oven.  Let them cool on a rack before icing them.

Almond Cookie Recipe for Valentine's Day 6For the icing…..

  • Milk (the thicker the better….I used 2%)
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Almond Extract

Pour some powdered sugar into a bowl.  I never measure, I just eye it.  I’d say about a cup.  Add some milk….a very small amount, maybe a tablespoon, and a few drops of almond extract.  Mix it all up.  You don’t want it to be a super thick consistency, but you also don’t want it to be too think…think consistency of an egg white.  I also always add food coloring…sometimes I go very pale pink, but this time I went hot pink.

Almond Cookie Recipe for Valentine's Day 8And then just brush the icing over the cookies and let them dry.  Usually a couple of hours.  Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Post by Maggie Terryn  of Mom Colored Glasses