‘Tis the season for cookies and these little almond butter cookies sure do make it grand! These little babies are sugary sweet, slightly salty and rolled in sliced honey roasted almonds just because we can.
Whipping up a batch of these scrumptious almond cookies is easier than you think but they taste like you’ve been in the kitchen all day. That deep rich almond buttery scent fills every nook and cranny in the kitchen for a brief glimpse of the cookie bliss to come but you’ll have to *snap* out of it to serve them.
You are gonna’ love these almond butter cookies!
What’s not to love about this almond butter cookies recipe? Sweet crunchy cookies sporting sliced honey roasted almonds – they look as beautiful as they taste. Plus, it’s a simple wholesome recipe that just makes totally awesome cookies. Here are some other solid qualities!
- Simple recipe with easy to find ingredients
- Sweet crunchy cookies with slightly salty almond butter flavor
- Beautiful presentation coated with chopped honey roasted almonds
- Ideal for serving, gifting and cookie swaps
- Makes you look like a cookie genius (others will want this recipe)
How To Make Almond Butter Cookies
As I said, this is a totally simple almond butter cookie recipe with no complicated techniques. Simply cream the butter and sugars together, add the eggs and extracts, then gradually incorporate the flour. Voila! Just be sure to refrigerate for a few minutes before baking but we’ll talk about that in just a hot second!
Here’s just a couple of little tidbits to ensure beautiful delicious almond butter cookie success.
First, you’ll whisk together your water, salt, and baking soda. Be sure your water is hot, around 130 degrees. You don’t need it boiling but not warm either.
Also, once your cookies are dressed and ready to go into the oven – stick them in the fridge instead. Just throw the entire sheet pan in there. They’ll only need a few minutes but don’t skip this vital step! Chilling your cookie dough helps control the spread in the oven and concentrates the awesome flavor.
Whipping up these decadent cookies doesn’t take a bunch of crazy ingredients. If you’re looking at this almond butter cookies recipe, you’ve probably got everything you need except for the sliced honey roasted almonds. Here’s what it takes.
Butters – This cookie recipe uses a combination of unsalted butter and creamy almond butter to give it that rich flavor. You’ll want your butter room temp, soft and around 67 degrees give or take.
Sugars – Combining brown sugar and granulated sugar helps give your cookies that deep satisfying sweetness with almost caramel-like undertones.
Extract – You’ll need both vanilla and almond extracts for these little guys.
Leavening Agent – Baking soda will give your cookies some rise so they’ve got substance.
Flour – Regular ‘ole all-purpose flour is just fine for this recipe. Plus, it’s probably already in your cupboard.
Salt – Adding just a little salt enhances sweetness and combats bitterness. Using salted butter wouldn’t have the same effect.
Don’t forget the chopped honey roasted almonds to really take these cookies to the next level. You could substitute some Nutella for half of the almond butter to make chocolate almond butter cookies (if you’re a chocoholic like me). Or you could even make these almond butter cookies paleo if you want to. You have options!
You can store these scrumptious little fellows in an airtight container on the counter if you can keep them around. These almond butter cookies recipe is SO good they tend to get gobbled up.
They’re rich nutty cookies and the perfect alternative to peanut butter treats. Just make sure they cool completely before preparing them for storage.
Can You Freeze This?
Yes! This extraordinary almond butter cookies recipe is totally freeze-able. You can freeze the baked cooled cookies or the prepared cookie dough.
Just slide the cookie pan in the freezer until the cookies harden, then toss them in a freezer bag. You’ll have ready-to-bake cookies.
Generally, baked homemade cookies can last up to 6-12 months in the freezer.
Make Ahead Tips
This easy almond butter cookies recipe only takes a few minutes to come together. When I’m prepping for future cookie baking fun, I like to freeze these little guys and then roll them in the chopped honey-roasted almond bits right before they go into the oven. They seem to hold onto more of the coating that way.
How Long Can You Keep This?
You can keep these yummy nutty almond butter cookies recipe as long as you can hide them! Just kidding (not really) but they’ll stay fresh and yummy in an airtight container on the counter and in the fridge for up for 2-3 weeks. I like to toss a piece of bread in with my cookies to absorb moisture, so they don’t get soft.
This most excellent almond butter cookies are pretty flexible. It’s pretty awesome like it is but you can change a few things to put your own twist on it. We’ve already talked about adding chocolate and making this recipe paleo. Here’s a couple of other suggestions.
Would This Make For Good Christmas Cookies?
That is affirmative! Dust your almond butter cookies with some colored sugar or maybe even some sprinkles for a pop of Christmas color. For a little variety, you can add some almond crescent cookies and almond shortbread cookies to the holiday tray.
What Other Desserts Can I Make With Almonds?
Almonds are just so versatile with a smooth nutty flavor that can be used in anything from almond butter cookies to Chinese almond cookies. Throw some chocolate in the mix and make some Almond Joy cookies or Almond Joy bars for some sweet bliss that just may put you in a scrumptious stupor.
Can I Make This Recipe More Italian?
Almond butter cookies aren’t exactly Italian, but Italian almond cookies are. You can easily make an almond biscotti worthy of an afternoon reset or sweet buttery Italian wedding cookies that are sure to cure that sweet cookie craving.
Almond Butter Cookies
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup creamy almond butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup almonds, chopped
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sliced honey roasted almonds, finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- In a small bowl, whisk together hot water, baking soda, and salt; set aside
- In a large mixing bowl, using a handheld mixer on medium speed, cream together butter, almond butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. mix in baking soda mixture until combined. Mix in chopped almonds.
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition just until incorporated. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts.
- Gradually add flour, mixing just until combined.
- Scoop out the dough, using a medium cookie scoop, and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Do not flatten. Roll cookies in the chopped honey roasted almonds. Set a cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Refrigerate cookie dough in between scooping dough.
- Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, 10-12 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Cool on cookie sheets 1-2 minutes then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
When you need some sweet nutty crunchy little cookies to share with the fam or take to a cookie swap, grab this almond butter cookies recipe and do your thing! These are the kind of simple yummy cookies that you just may make all year-round.
They satisfy that sweet-salty crunchy cookie craving and the recipe makes plenty. That deep rich almond buttery cookie bliss is simple wholesome goodness that you’ll be happy to put on your cookie platter this holiday season and in your cookie jar the rest of the year!