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Chewy Almond Sugar Cookies

December 17, 2015

This recipe for chewy almond sugar cookies makes a cookie so soft and delicious you’ll eat them all! Plus my secret tip for flawless cut-out cookies!

Chewy Almond Sugar Cookies Long

This recipe for chewy almond sugar cookies makes a cookie so soft and delicious you'll eat them all! Plus my secret tip for flawless cut-out cookies!

I love to eat cookies, and these chewy almond sugar cookies are no exception!

If I had to choose one type of dessert to live off of for the rest of my life it would be cookies.  Mexican food for savory, and cookies for sweet.  That sounds like a perfect life to me!

The problem with cookies is that every single restaurant and store that you go to makes them – and most of the time, they’re more enjoyable than the homemade kind (“better than” is debatable, however).  Whether they are softer, chewier, the edges are perfectly crisped, or they have the perfect amount of snap to them – it almost always seems like cookies from the store have a hand up on the ones you yourself can make.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. . . it’s because they use ingredients you can’t find at home!  Whether it’s a preservative, an extract, or one of those ingredients you can’t pronounce. . .you just won’t be able to replicate it unless you’re willing to scour the internet for an ingredient that may be illegal to mail-order.

However, today, I bring you a recipe that I, up until today, have held very tightly to my vest.  My chewy almond sugar cookies recipe is always requested by those who try it because the cookies are remarkably chewy, hold their form when cut-out, and are ridiculously delicious!  I must like you a lot to give you this recipe. 🙂This recipe for chewy almond sugar cookies makes a cookie so soft and delicious you'll eat them all! Plus my secret tip for flawless cut-out cookies!

Silicone Baking Mats (and a super secret cutout cookie hack!)

Depending on the recipe you are using, some cookie recipes will call for the use of parchment paper, or some will ask you to use a silicone baking mat, such as a silpat.  Why would you choose one over the other?  I personally find that there is only one real difference between the two: crispiness.  You see, parchment paper is a thin paper that still allows for the conductivity of the pan to affect how the cookie bakes – so if you like a crisp cookie, it is easier to make that happen.  However, if you like a chewier cookie, the silicone baking mat does a better job because the flexible non-stick material of the mat is thick enough that is creates a completely different cooking surface; allowing for even heating, despite how dark or light your pan is, which is ideal for today’s chewy almond sugar cookies.

Cookies will continue to bake on the pan even after you have removed them from the oven.  If your cookies are too close to done for your liking, removing the silicone mat from the pan will help cut the cooling time down and prevent your cookies from over-cooking!

Some other handy benefits of a silicone mat are:

  1. Double-Sided.  There is a smooth side, which is great for pretty much anything, and there is also a textured side, which helps prevent against slipping.  While this may not seem like a big deal, when you’re making delicate and intricate cutout cookies, the last thing you want is to pull them out of the oven and have them slide around an knock a leg off of Rudolph.  Try explaining a 3-legged reindeer to a 2 year old without scarring them for life!
  2. Oven Safe.  Each silicone mat is different depending on the brand that you purchase, but most of them are rated up to at least 450°F.  Silpat brand is 480°F safe.  Which means it’s useful for almost anything you plan to bake.
  3. Cooling Time.  This is one of my favorites.  Because of the silicone texture of the mat, within a minute of removing your pan from the oven, you can pick up and remove the mat from the pan to cut cooling time in half.  There are handy biased-cut corners that make it easy to lift out of the pan and transfer to another surface without burning yourself (but always be careful when handling hot items, and keep any necessary first-aid treatment around just in case).
  4. Easy Clean-Up.  One of the things I often hear from people is how they don’t like how dirty their sheet pans look.  With a silicone mat, you are protecting the surface of your sheet pan as well as allowing for easy clean-up.  The nonstick material is SO easy to clean – I mean, crazy easy.  Most silicone mats are hand-wash only, but they are so easy to clean you won’t care!
  5. Storage.  These mats roll up nice and compact for easy and quick storage.  Just make sure you always roll them, never fold them, unless you want to do permanent damage.

Hack: Protect the shape of your cut-out chewy almond sugar cookies by rolling out the dough on your silicone mat, cutting your cookies, and removing the excess dough so you don’t have to transfer your cookies.

 This recipe for chewy almond sugar cookies makes a cookie so soft and delicious you'll eat them all! Plus my secret tip for flawless cut-out cookies!

Skills & Techniques

If you really want to rock today’s chewy almond sugar cookies, then make sure to brush up on your creaming baking method.  If you’ve ever had questions like “How fluffy should my butter and sugar mixture be?”, then that post will help you out tons!  You can also check out the different kinds of flour if you’re feeling particularly curious today.


This recipe for chewy almond sugar cookies makes a cookie so soft and delicious you'll eat them all! Plus my secret tip for flawless cut-out cookies!

Chewy Almond Sugar Cookies

For the best flavor in your chewy almond sugar cookies, make sure to use pure almond extract, not imitation.  This will help ensure the you have the tastiest cookies at your cookie exchange!

Get your free printable grocery list for this Chewy Almond Sugar Cookies recipe HERE.

If you’ve never used one of our printable grocery lists before, all of the amounts are listed in easy-to-find grocery store amounts.  If no amount is give (like with the flour), that means you can purchase the smallest (or largest, if you want) container available and will leftovers for another use later.

Happy Cooking! 🙂

This recipe for chewy almond sugar cookies makes a cookie so soft and delicious you'll eat them all! Plus my secret tip for flawless cut-out cookies!


Chewy Almond Sugar Cookies

These chewy almond cut-out sugar cookies are the perfect cookie to leave out for Santa. The dough holds its shape perfectly and the flavor and texture of the almonds makes them extra fun! These cookies taste great as is, or decorated.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 2 dozen
Calories 208 kcal
Author Mackenzie Ryan


  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds , smashed into small bits
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract


Dry Ingredients

  1. Sift together the all-purpose flour, the salt, and baking powder. Mix in the smashed almonds and set aside.

Wet Ingredients

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. About 2 Minutes.

  2. Add in the eggs, one at a time, until combined.
  3. Add in the vanilla and almond extracts.


  1. While the mixer is running, carefully add in the flour combination 1/2 cups at a time until the dough comes together and all of your dry ingredients are used. Chill for 30 Minutes.

Preheat & Bake

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F
  2. On a floured surface, roll out the dough until it is around 1/4" inch thick. Cut into your desired shapes and transfer to an ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 10 Minutes or until the edges just start to brown. Cool on a wire rack and decorate if desired.  Repeat as necessary.

Recipe Notes

If your almond cut-out sugar cookies still look shiny when they come out of the oven, put them back in and cook for another minute or so.

If you choose not to decorate the cookies, sprinkle them with granulated sugar as soon as they come out of the oven for fancier presentation.

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  • Reply Stephanie@ApplesforCJ November 30, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    These look like the perfect Holiday cookies and I must say I’m with you on the Mexican food 🙂

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan November 30, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      I read your comment on the Mexican food and I actually did a fist pump and said “yeeeesss!!!” under my breath! 🙂

  • Reply Carrie Ditton November 30, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I just love a good cookie cut-out recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Debi at Life Currents November 30, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    These cookies are so beautiful! I love that it’s almondy too! Kick up the ordinary sugar cookie!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan November 30, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      It’s so nice to step away from the ordinary isn’t it Debi? Especially during the holidays when you eat so many cookies!

  • Reply Laura | Wandercooks November 30, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I absolutely adore baking cookies at home so really appreciate your tips to making the perfect cookie. Definitely need to grab one of those silicone baking mats, because while I like crunchy cookies, I LOVE chewy ones, and it’s so hard to get that perfect texture when using a standard baking tray unless you’re super precise with the timing. Thanks so much for this recipe too, sound delish! 🙂

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan November 30, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      It will revolutionize your chewy cookie making, Laura. It’s a perfect gift to ask for for Christmas! 😉

  • Reply J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all November 30, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Oh do these look amazing! Looking at these pictures gets me excited for Christmas. Can’t wait to start biting into cookies like these!

  • Reply Cricket Plunkett November 30, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Those are stunning! I just love the snow flake designs are perfect for Christmas!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 14, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you! The snowflakes are always so fun to decorate too!

  • Reply Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop November 30, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    These cookies look wonderful! I love the snowflake shape!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 14, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you, Kathy! They’re just so fun and put me in the Holiday mood. I look forward to using them every year!

  • Reply Jenni December 2, 2016 at 7:28 am

    What a GREAT post! Loved all the tips and tricks you added to this post, plus the recipe looks amazing!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 14, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you so much, Jenni! Those tips and tricks can go so far – especially when you’re making dozens of holiday cookies!

  • Reply Sumit Jaitely December 3, 2016 at 8:58 am

    You have done a Great Job. I Love Food and any time ready to enjoy various types of food flavours. Keep Posting More Soulful Delicious Recipes.

  • Reply Monica Le December 4, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Almond in sugar cookies? What a fantastic idea… yum!

  • Reply Amanda December 6, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    I’ve been looking for a really good sugar recipe that holds its shape well when baked, and it looks like I’ve found it. Thanks, Mackenzie! These snowflake cookies are beautiful and will be such a lovely addition to my gift trays. I love my silpat mats too. So great for both cleanup and even baking.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 14, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      I hope you love them, Amanda! I hate it when I cut out cookies and they swell so much in the oven that your not sure what shape they were when you started. lol 🙂

  • Reply Donna December 6, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Saved for my cookie making marathon tomorrow! I think I even have the exact same cookie cutter 🙂

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan December 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      I love that cookie cutter! It’s so fun and wintery! I hope your cookie making goes splendidly!

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