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Almond Sprinkle Cookies

These Almond Sprinkle Cookies are soft, buttery pillows that will melt-in-your mouth. They’re easy-to-make, taste absolutely wonderful, and perfect for the holidays! Break out the red and green sanding sugars and have some fun!

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 will need all-purpose 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 cookie decorations you can use 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?

Yes, but only for a minimum of one hour 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

helpful baking tools for making almond sprinkle cookies

Helpful Cookie Baking Tools

KITCHENAID KP26M1XFL Professional 600 Stand Mixers, 6 quart, Matte Fresh Linen
KitchenAid KHM926CA 9-Speed Digital Hand Mixer with Turbo Beater II Accessories and Pro Whisk
Geometric Mini Cookie Cutters Set
Set of 6 Christmas Themed Mini Cookie Cutters
Pusheen Cookie Jar
Thumbprint Rectangle Cookie Cutter
Thumprint Circle Cookie Cutter
Nordic Ware Quarter Sheet Pan, 2-Pack
Silpat Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat (Set of 2)
OXO Good Grips 11 Pound Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display
Sabatier 5154549 Triple Rivet Wide Turner, Black
Farberware Classic Wood Rolling Pin
Nordic Ware 43174 3 Piece Baker’s Delight Set, Aluminum
Nordic Ware Geo Cast Cookie Stamps
Wilton Master Decorating Tip Set, 55-Piece decorating tips, Cake Decorating Supplies
Wilton Color Right Performance Coloring System
Ateco 7803 Plain Edge Large Number Cutters (0-9), 3″ high, Stainless Steel, 10 Pc Set
Ateco 6950 Plain Edge Large Alphabet Cutters (A – Z), 3″ high, Stainless Steel, 26 Pc Set
Bob’s Red Mill Super Fine Almond Flour, 16 oz.
Ateco 5457 Plain Edge Round Cutters in Graduated Sizes, Stainless Steel, 12 Pc Set
GIR: Get It Right All Silicone Mini, Skinny & Ultimate Spatula 3 Pc Set
Williams Sonoma Thumbprint Cookie Stamp Set
OXO International Medium Cookie Scoop
Pouring Chute
Anchor Hocking 10pc Glass Mixing Bowl Set
Joseph Joseph Shake-It Self-Tapping Sieve, Large
USA Large Cookie Sheet
The Smart Baker Half Sheet 13 x 18 inches Perfect Parchment Paper – Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Baking Sheets
Cooling Rack Stainless Steel Half size – Commercial Grade Steel 11.5″ x 16.5″ | 1 Piece | Cooking Rack Designed To Fit Perfectly Into Baking Half Sheet Pan | Only From Indigo True Company
Fox Run 4254 Kitchen Timer with Magnet 55-Minute
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


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! 



  • 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) 


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose 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 unsalted butter, cream cheese, and sugar on medium-high speed.
  3. Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  4. Chill dough for a minimum of 1 hour before forming into cookies.
  5. Adjust your oven rack to the 2nd level position, preheat your oven to 350ºF, and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  6. 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.
  7. Bake the almond sprinkle cookies 10-12 minutes at 350ºF.
  8. 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 wire cooling rack.
  9. You can store these in an airtight container with a slice of bread in it for up to 1 week at room temp.


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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