Almond Butter Cookies
"Melt in your mouth Italian cookie recipe"
Pin It These almond butter cookies are part of my Italian cookie recipes collection. They call for blanced almonds. Click here to see how to blanch almonds here.
The almonds become a base for flavoring. And it's interesting because it's the taste without the "crunch" or "nut" texture. They are ground fine. You can use your blender to get them there.
If this wasn't the type of almond butter cookies you were thinking of, scroll below to see all the Italian cookie recipes I have on my site. Or if you were looking for an almond flavored dessert - see my amaretto recipes.
Too - there some FAQs about this cookie below along with several ideas. Thanks for stopping by -
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Almond Butter Cookies
A melt in your mouth Italian cookie recipe
YIELD - Makes 3 dozen almond butter cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon vanilla (see substitutions)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup ground blanched almonds (use a blender to grind)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter and sugar in large bowl.
Beat in egg, orange juice, and vanilla.
Grind your blanced almonds very fine - almost to a flour-paste-lie consistency
Add flour, nuts, baking powder, and salt just until thoroughly combined.
Divide dough and roll into logs. ( I stick it in the 'fridge for a bit, rolled in saran )
Slice and place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in batches for 6-8 minutes or just until set and edges are lightly golden.
Can I substitute margarine in place of the butter?
Excuse me? May I kindly suggest you glance at the name of this recipe again? Seriously. Please no. These are a buttery-almond-y cookie. Hence, the noun "butter". Almond Butter Cookies.
What happens if substitute shortening in place of the butter?
You get sick and your hair falls out. Shortening is a fake fat product full of crap that will melt your veins. Ok, just kidding. But gotcha thinking.
Most Italian cookie recipes call for fresh ingredients (or ones close to their natural form). So let's stick with butter or you really won't get any flavor.
What are blanched almonds?
Naked almonds. They have been boiled and had their skins peeled off. See how to blanch almonds.
Do I need the orange juice?
I hesitate to say "no". Because it needs some citrus or acid to balance with the butter almond combination. Orange zest would work or just a teeny smidge of orange flavoring.
Can I substitute almond flavoring for the vanilla?
You can. And I have. I prefer the vanilla orange combination much better. The almond flavoring is almost almond overkill.
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Memorial Day and Warmer Weather Treats!
It's finally warming up! In my neck of the woods we had SNOW on May 2nd. Now were on to the warm weather sweet treats!
I started celebrating by having a Sangria last night. Sangria is so easy to make - and the trick to making it spectacular is - following the super easy procedure. IF you need a brush up see:
How to Make Sangria
As for Memorial Day Goodies - I bake the LESS sticky stuff if I have to travel. And something that the kids can grab with their fingers as they cruise by the dessert table and run off to their next game. Cookies and brownies work the best for this!
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