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Almond Sprinkle Cookies

My friends, we now seem to be in the final countdown of Christmas—cue the song—and if you’re in desperate need of some really easy-to-make cookies, give these almond sprinkle cookies a try!

Almond sprinkle cookies are like the softest, buttery-ist little pillows ever that will melt-in-your mouth. Show your friends and family you’ve got that holiday spirit by decorating them in some red and green sanding sugar! Your Aunt Shirley will be all “Oooh, these are heaven! And that red and green—soooo festive!”

how to make almond sprinkle cookies

I’m not kidding when I say that this almond sprinkle cookie recipe comes together quickly. For the ingredients you’ve got your typical team players: flour, salt, baking powder, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, and an egg. Then the star ingredient that makes the almond sprinkle cookie so buttery soft—cream cheese! Yummy yummy! 

For the cookie decorations you’ve got your red and green sanding sugars, but if you wanted to be a little fancier, you could swap them out for a nice confectioners sugar glaze with some nonpareils sprinkled on top. 

Almond Sprinkle Cookies | overhead shot of red and green almond sprinkle cookies in an alternating patter | Image Credit: Beyond the Butter, LLC

does almond sprinkle cookie dough need to be chilled?

Yeppers. But only for a minimum of one hour (which is what I did), and make sure you tightly cover the mixing bowl with some plastic wrap or aluminum foil so the dough doesn’t dry out.

If you plan to chill the dough for longer, make sure you bring it out to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before rolling the dough into the balls

Almond Sprinkle Cookies | overhead shot of red and green almond sprinkle cookies in an alternating patter | Image Credit: Beyond the Butter, LLC

Almond Sprinkle Cookies…they’re not just for eating! Use them for a few games of tic-tac-toe! P.S. I won TWO games, hubs won only ONE, and there was one scratch ????
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Almond Sprinkle Cookies | overhead shot of red and green almond sprinkle cookies in an alternating patter | Image Credit: Beyond the Butter, LLC

Almond Sprinkle Cookies

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes (does not include time for chilling or freezing dough))
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes (does not include cooling time)
  • Yield: 32 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

Almond Sprinkle Cookies are like the softest, buttery-ist little pillows ever that will melt-in-your mouth! For an easy holiday cookie recipe that comes together quickly, give this one a try! 


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Ingredients

  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 2 ounces Cream Cheese (I used part of a Philly Cream Cheese Block)
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • Red and Green Sanding Sugar (or Nonpareils) 

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Using your hand held mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar on medium- to medium-high speed. Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  3. Chill dough for a minimum of 1 hour before forming into cookies.
  4. Adjust your oven rack to the 2nd level position, pre-heat your oven to 350ºF, and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Take a small spoonful of dough and roll it into a ball, then in separate bowls, roll it in either the red or green sanding sugar. Place the cookies roughly 1″-1 1/2″ apart on the cookie sheet. Once filled, take the bottom of a glass and gently push down onto the cookie to flatten a little.
  6. Bake the almond sprinkle cookies 10-12 minutes at 350ºF.
  7. Once done, remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
  8. You can store these in an airtight container with a slice of bread in it for up to 1 week at room temp.

Notes

You can use nonpareils in place of the sanding sugar if  you wish. Have fun with the colors!

You can freeze the almond sprinkle cookie dough for up to 3 months. Roll the dough into balls, flatten, and then freeze them on a parchment sheet until they’re solid. Transfer them to a freezer bag or an airtight container to store them. When ready to bake, roll the cookie dough balls in the sanding sugar, and place on the cookie sheet. You may need to add 1-2 minutes to your baking time for baking the frozen cookies.

Recipe adapted from Sallys Baking Addiction

Keywords: almond sprinkle cookies, sprinkle cookies, italian sprinkle cookies, sprinkles, cookies, holiday cookies, holiday treats

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