Almond Biscuit Cookies

by Her Happy Balance on December 16, 2013

I’m not a baker. I’m an hors d’oeuvres-er. An Appetizer-er. A Snacker. Call it what you will, I love me anything with cheese piled on top. Nachos, cheese fries, buffalo wings…oh delicious foodlings, let me count the ways I love you…

Nope, just kidding. There isn’t enough time in the day to recount that love. 

Almond Cookie Dough

Anyway, I have never really felt the inclination to dive into a bag of sugar and whip something sweet up. When Christmastime hits, all bets are off. I become a cookie making storm. Not because I want to eat cookies, but because every year I am invited to a cookie swap party, and I just cannot turn down an opportunity to drink wine at 3 o’clock on a Sunday afternoon. Can anybody?  

Almond Cookies on Tray

For the first few years of the party, each guest had to make 13 dozen cookies. Let me say that again for emphasis, THIRTEEN DOZEN COOKIES. Do you know how many trays of cookies that is? It’s an entire night of havoc. Now, we only have to make a nice and doable two dozen cookies and bring gifts to donate to Toys for Tots, much more up my alley.

Almond biscuit cookies

Almond Biscuit Cookies
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 4 and 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  2. 1 Cup Sugar
  3. 1 8oz. Bar of Shortening (like Crisco)
  4. 1 Cup Slivered Almonds
  5. 1 and 1/2 Tsp. Almond Extract
  6. 1 Egg
  7. 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  8. 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  9. 50 Whole Almonds (I used salted)
  1. Sift flour, salt, and baking powder and put aside in a bowl. In a food processor, pulse your slivered almonds until a fine powder. Add your flour mixture to the food processor and pulse until all ingredients are well mixed. In a large bowl, work your shortening (cut into small pieces) into your flour/almond mix until the batter becomes crumbly. Then add sugar, egg, and almond extract and mix into the batter with your hands. Form the batter into small balls, push a whole almond into the center of each ball, and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 20 minutes. Enjoy!
Adapted from Perfect Chinese
Adapted from Perfect Chinese
Her Happy Balance
Almond Cookies

These cookies aren’t super sweet. They’re more like a biscotti cookie…or a biscuit. See what I did there? These are the kind of cookies I wouldn’t feel bad about having for breakfast with a cup of tea. They’re just the right amount of sugar and nuttiness. But then again, I did make them and thus am biased 😉

Have you ever attended a cookie swap party?
What is your favorite holiday cookie?


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Stacie @ Simply Southern Stacie December 16, 2013 at 8:00 am

I’ve never been to a cookie swap! I feel like I am missing out on life a bit here. Those cookies look so yummy. You had me when you described them as biscotti cookies.

Alex @ therunwithin December 16, 2013 at 8:10 am

m looks tasty! I can’t wait to get into holiday cooking – I do more of the cooking side than the baking!

Heather @fitncookies December 16, 2013 at 9:25 am

I’ve never been to a cookie swap but I am having a small one with a few of my friends this Friday! So excited for it 🙂

Caitlin December 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

Ahh yes!! These look awesome! I used to be all about the super sweet stuff, but I’m noticing as I get older that I enjoy stuff that is a little more rich with less sugar…case in point: the salted chocolate truffle cookie things I sent you..,not a ton of sugar in there but a whole lot of flavor which is right up my alley 🙂 I’m a huge almond fan, too, so these sound delightful. I have never been to a cookie swap party sadly…Joe had one today at work but didn’t want to participate…weirdo I know 😉

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne December 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

Never attended a cookie swap party, but if I ever got invited to one I would definitely go, and if they didn’t invite me but I knew it was happening, yes I would crash it haha. These remind me my favorite cookie!! Mexican Wedding Cookies, they don’t have the same flavor, but they look similar hahaha.

Lauren December 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

13 dozen cookies?! Jeez. Toys for tots definitely sounds like a better plan! The only thing good about making 13 dozen cookies is a lot of beaters to lick 😉

Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds December 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm

13 dozen?! I would have high tailed it to Costco and cheated my way through that one, but I’m also more an appetizer-er than a baker 🙂 How long did that take??

Her Happy Balance December 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm

More hours than I am willing to admit! Now, a buffalo wing/cheese/salsa exchange party would have been wayyyy more up my alley 😉

Becky @ Olives n Wine December 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm

THIRTEEN DOZEN??! I would have died and gone to cookie heaven. OMG. These look fab – look at your little bakin’ self go 😉 I love almond-y cookies so I’m definitely going to have to try these out. Oh and I’ve never been to a cookie swap before. It’s a sad, sad story.

Becky @ Olives n Wine December 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm

And I just had the need to tell you my math problem for your spam filter was 7 x __ = 56… The only way I knew this was from a trick my mom taught me – 5-6-7-8. Random but true 😉

Christine @ Gotta Eat Green December 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Umm 13 dozen? Whhhat? That is just crazy, but good for you for doing it. Cookie swap parties are the best. And they give you such a variety for the holidays!

Jessie December 17, 2013 at 12:14 am

I’ve never been to a cookie swap before, but I do make batches of cookies over the holiday season to share w/ my husbands co-workers. These little gems look great. Thanks for sharing your recipe )

Sarah @ Sweet Miles December 17, 2013 at 12:15 am

Yep, those look de-licious! Yes please!!

Davida @ The Healthy Maven December 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm

THIRTEEN DOZEN?!?! I WOULD LOSE MY MIND! 2 is manageable. Enough for me to eat a dozen and give a dozen away!

Sarah & Arkadi December 18, 2013 at 12:12 am

Great cookies!

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