Ultimate Almond Cookies*

Ultimate Almond Cookies via thenovicechefblog.com

Many a moon ago, when Jorge and I were engaged (6 years ago actually — eek!), we took our first trip together to Puerto Rico. We went with a group of friends and ate our way through the island. We wound up at one of the infamous bakeries — Panadería España Repostería.

It was here that I had my first Mallorca (my favorite Puerto Rican specialty) and tried one of these Almond Cookies. We went back THREE times in our trip just to get Mallorcas and Almond Cookies! I was dying to know how to recreate the almond cookies at home and figured I would just come home and google around till I found the recipe.

Ultimate Almond Cookies via thenovicechefblog.com

Well it’s been 6 years and I still have no idea what the actual name of these cookies are. I searched everything I could think of including the obvious like Puerto Rico Almond Cookie Recipe and Spanish Almond Cookie Recipe. That resulted in thousands of recipes…none of which were the right recipe.

A good friend of mine Christina — who was born and raised in Puerto Rico — translated many a recipe for me…but we still never found the exact cookie we were looking for. I tried and I tried, but it just never worked out.

Ultimate Almond Cookies via thenovicechefblog.com

Last month after a trip to PR, Christina brought me home some of the infamous Almond Cookies. After a serious cookie analysis and a side by side taste test, I finally nailed down a recipe that is incredibly close to those back at Panadería España Repostería. Their cookies are made as big as your face, but otherwise I bet you wouldn’t be able to taste the difference!

Made using Almond Paste, Almond Extract, Almond Meal and Slivered Almonds, these cookies are seriously the Ultimate Almond Cookie! I wish I knew the proper Spanish name for these, but at the bakery all they are called are “Almond Cookies”. With a crispy exterior and soft chewy center, these are the best of both worlds. They keep wonderfully for up to 3 days and are every Almond lover’s dream.

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Ultimate Almond Cookies

Yield: 16 Cookies

Ingredients:

14 oz Almond Paste
2/3 cup Dixie Crystals Granulated Sugar
2 large egg whites
1/3 cup almond meal
1 teaspoon almond extract
pinch of salt
sliced almonds, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.

In bowl of mixer, combine almond paste and sugar until combined. Mix in egg white, almond meal, almond extract and salt until fully combined.

Transfer dough to a large piping bag and pipe in 3 inch diameter circles. Cookies will not spread much during baking - so leave only about 1/2 inch between cookies. If adding sliced almonds, sprinkle them onto the tops of the cookies before baking and slightly press them into the dough.

Bake cookies until just beginning to turn golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool on pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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23 Responses to “Ultimate Almond Cookies”

  1. 1

    Tieghan — July 16, 2013 @ 1:11 am

    Oh my gosh! These look delicious! Wow!! Oh and you trip to PR sounds so fun!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — July 16, 2013 @ 1:37 am

    Love almond cookies!! These are perfect with afternoon tea :)

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    Notyet100 — July 16, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    Ummm feel like picking one

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 16, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    Aww yeah. I’ve had cookies like this in Spain and Portugal and totally know what you’re raving about. I can’t freaking wait until I can make these at home!! Also, engaged 6 years ago?! Where does the time go?!?

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — July 16, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    I have a crazy love for almond cookies!! Pinning these!

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — July 16, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    oh yum! I love almonds. This cookie is my perfect afternoon tea snack. thank you for sharing

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    Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} — July 16, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    I LOVE almond cookies!! Saying that these are the ultimate almond cookies makes me want to rush out of the office now and into my kitchen!!

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    Marcie@FlavortheMoments — July 16, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    Puerto Rico sounded lovely, and these cookies look delicious. It looks like you left off an ingredient right under almond meal…it says 2/3 cup then it’s blank. I’m guessing it’s sugar!

    • Jessica replied: — July 16th, 2013 @ 11:38 am

      haha! YES! It’s sugar…geez, I must have been out of it when I typed up the recipe! ;-)

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    Cookbook Queen — July 16, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    I LOOOOVE almond!! These look too fabulous!!

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    Joanne — July 16, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

    All that almond in one place!! I can see why you were obsessed. I’m glad you find a replacement (and shared it with us!)

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — July 17, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    So much almond in one cookie can mean only one thing: best cookies ever! I love the slivered almonds on top, they look fantastic!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 17, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    These are dangerously easy! What a gorgeous cookie, Jessica!

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    Erin R. — July 17, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    They’re almost ENTIRELY ALMOND PASTE. This is the most perfect cookie recipe I have ever seen or been around. Your photos combined with your description of their texture have put these right at the top of my try list. Thanks for six years of dedication in running down the secret formula!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — July 17, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    As a serious almond lover, these cookies sounds fabulous! And not to mention incredibly easy.

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — July 18, 2013 @ 12:13 am

    Mmmm big as your face cookies Mmmmm. I mean… yeah I want those cookies. Thanks for doing all the hard taste testing for us. YUMOH!

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    Nikki @Seeded at the Table — July 22, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

    These cookies sound like something I might eat up within a day! Or an hour. Seriously YUM!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — July 22, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

    Oh my!!! I adore almonds :) these cookies look wonderful!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — July 25, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

    ooh I love almonds!I can’t wait to make these!!

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    Renee Gambrell — August 9, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    When using the sliced almonds, when should they be added?

    • Jessica replied: — August 12th, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

      Oh geez! Thanks for noticing I left it out! I have added this below section to the recipe:

      If adding sliced almonds, sprinkle them onto the tops of the cookies before baking and slightly press them into the dough.

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    Gladys — September 7, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

    OMG! Just made a batch and they came out amazing. My husband and girls love it. I made it with less sugar. Great recipe. My husbad said it reminded him from back home PR almond cookies from Ricomini bakery. Thanks! Enjoy this recipe!

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    liezl — December 12, 2013 @ 5:53 am

    Hello…on my way to bake these cookies. So the amount ingriedients above makes 16cookies?

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