Almond Meltaway Cookies

Almond Meltaway Cookies: a super soft almond shortbread style cookie topped with almond royal icing!

This past week Jorge was out of town for work and I went on a baking spree. First up? These Almond Meltaway Cookies! They are a super soft almond shortbread style cookie topped with almond royal icing and  they are truly amazing.

When Jorge is away for work (2 weeks out of the month lately) strange things happen at our house. Like dinner is a Fully Loaded Sweet Potato. I can go the entire day without putting on real people clothes — leggings are a girl’s true best friend.

I will also order way too many things of amazon…like these adorable baking mitts and this Almond & Honey Shea Sugar Scrub that I am absolutely obsessed with. Can you tell I am on a big almond kick lately??

When I am home alone I watch crap television reruns for hours — this week it was House Hunters. I almost always eat dinner standing over the kitchen sink while reading my latest magazine. Hey — less dishes! And most importantly, I bake.

Almond Meltaway Cookies: a super soft almond shortbread style cookie topped with almond royal icing!

Luckily now that we have moved back to Tampa and I thankfully have people to force these desserts on to when I have one of my baking attacks. My Mom was the receiver of these Almond Meltaway Cookies and if the texts I got the next morning are any indication, she loved them and so did everyone in her office.

Just like the name suggests, these cookies totally melt in your mouth. They are so perfectly soft and have tons of butter and almond flavors. If you like this version – make sure and check out the Lemon Meltway Cookies and Coconut Meltaway Cookies as well!

If you were looking to have a little fun with them, you could always add toasted almond slivers to the top or add food coloring to the frosting for a pop of color. But to me, a perfectly simple cookie is the best…and that is exactly what these are.

Note: I like to use this brand of almond extract because it has great flavor, make sure whichever one you use is a true almond extract – not artificial.

Almond Meltaway Cookies Recipe


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon flaked sea salt (or can use regular table salt)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk (or water)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and almond extract, mixing until combined. Add flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until completely combined.
  4. Roll 1 tablespoon of dough into small circles and then press with hands (or with the bottom of a cup) into a disk shape. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes. The cookies will not look browned or cooked, but they are! Remove from oven and let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To Ice: In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, milk and almond extract - until smooth.
  7. Using a spoon, smooth icing onto the top of each cookie and let set for 10 minutes, or until hardened. Store in the fridge, let come to room temperature when ready to serve.