Buttery almond cookies  

An easy sweet treat with great flavour and texture!

I am often asked which of my cookie recipes is my favourite, and it’s a question I truly cannot answer as I have to many from which to choose and I love them all. I usually select which recipe to bake either on a whim, because of a craving, or because of a family member’s request. Lately these buttery almond cookies have been making frequent appearances in our cookie jar. Inspired by Scandinavian almond cake, another favourite treat, I love these cookies because they have such a great texture and wonderful flavour, plus they are super quick and easy to make. As a bonus, they freeze beautifully also, so I usually make a double batch.

Buttery Almond cookies


  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) slivered almonds
  • 1 cup (250 mL) softened butter
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) white sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (500 mL) flour
  • 2 teaspoons (10 mL) baking powder


  • In a small, dry skillet, toast almonds over medium heat, stirring often, until just beginning to turn golden. Watch them carefully so they do not burn. Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool while you prepare the cookie dough.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy and lightened in colour. Add egg, almond extract and vanilla extract and beat until well blended.
  • Combine flour and baking powder then add to butter mixture, stirring until fully incorporated. Add toasted almonds and stir to blend.
  • Let cookie dough sit for 30 minutes at room temperature so the flour can become hydrated.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Using a small cookie scoop if you have one, drop dough in approximately 2 teaspoon portions onto prepared cookie sheets, spaced about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart.
  • Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until just starting to turn golden brown on the bottom.

Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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