Almond Cookies Recipe – Chewy and Delicious (Video Instructions Included)

I often make this chewy almond cookie recipe when my ‘gluten-free’ family or friends are coming over – and the cookies never disappoint. The cookie has a crunchy exterior from rolling in sliced almonds and a chewy, macaroon-like interior.

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You only need a few ingredients and less than an hour to whip up these babies! This is a great cookie to make during the holidays when you pressed for time and still want to create cookie baskets for your friends.

How to make almond paste cookies:

Ingredients Needed:

  • Almond Paste: you will need one pound of paste for these cookie – be careful as some people mistake marzipan for almond paste. Solo Foods has a high-quality paste that can be found in many supermarkets or online.
  • Egg Whites
  • Salt
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Confectioners’ Sugar (aka Powdered Sugar)
  • Gluten-Free Flour: I prefer Bob’s Red Mill but you can find many good alternatives in most supermarkets. Note: you may also use regular all-purpose flour if you don’t want a gluten-free cookie.
  • Sliced Almonds: the cookies are rolled in almonds prior to baking

Procedure to Mix the Cookies:

  • Separate your eggs an hour before you start on this cookie recipe. You will need the whites from four eggs (save those yolks for a curd, pastry cream or your next omelet!). Egg whites will aerate best when at room temperature.
  • Add salt to the bowl and whip the egg whites to medium peaks. Set the bowl aside.
mixing egg whites for almond macaroons recipe
  • Next place the almond paste, granulated sugar and confectioners’ sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (note: you may also use a hand mixer but start slow else the almond paste will fly around the kitchen!). Mix until well combined.
  • Stir in flour until just combined.
  • Add the whipped egg whites end gently fold into the mixing bowl using a rubber spatula.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon of cookie batter and roll in crushed almonds. Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat leaving at least an inch between each cookie.

Baking the Cookies:

  • Bake cookies in a pre-heated 350 F oven for 13 – 18 minutes, turning pans halfway through baking. Cookies will be done when the tops are just beginning to turn a golden brown.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and let cool approximately 10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar if desired.
finishing almond paste almond joy cookies


Can I make these almond cookies reminiscent of an Almond Joy?

Absolutely! Melt some high-quality chocolate and either dip half the cookie into the chocolate or drizzle over the cookies.

How do I store Almond Cookies?

Wrap the cookies in plastic wrap and store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.  To freeze the cookies, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months (tip: I like to place a piece of masking tape on anything I am freezing. I write the name of the item and freezing date.)

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Chewy Almond Cookies

Chewy almond cookies (gluten-free option) – a few simple ingredients, including almond paste.
5 from 66 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Cookies



  • 4 Large Egg Whites Room Temperature
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 450 Grams Almond Paste (1 pound / 16 ounces)
  • 200 Grams Granulated Sugar (1 cup)
  • 114 Grams Confectioners' Sugar (1 cup)
  • 90 Grams Gluten-Free Flour (All Purpose flour may be substituted if not making gluten-free cookies) (¾ cup)
  • 85 Grams Almonds, sliced (1 cup)


  • Place 4 egg whites into a clean bowl and allow to come to room temperature (approximately 1 hour)
  • Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Add salt to the bowl of egg whites.
  • Begin whipping egg whites and salt until egg whites become a medium peak. Set bowl aside.
  • Add almond paste, granulated sugar and confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar) into a separate bowl. Using a hand- or stand-mixer, begin mixing until well combined (1 – 2 minutes).
  • Add flour to the almond/sugar mixture bowl and mix until just combined.
  • Fold egg whites into the almond/sugar/flour mixture until combined.
  • Use cookie scoop to scoop out approximately one tablespoon of dough. Roll the dough in the sliced almonds and place on prepared sheet pans. Leave at least 1" between each cookie.
  • Bake for 13 – 18 minutes. Cookies will begin to turn a golden color.
  • Cool cookies before serving. Optional – dust with confectioners' sugar.


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  1. Beth


    5 stars
    These look delicious. I love almond cookies, and these are some of the best I’ve seen.

  2. Luna S


    5 stars
    Yum! I love almonds so I bet I would love these too. I will have to try these out this holiday season when I make some other batches of cookies to eat & use as gifts.

  3. Alita Pacio


    5 stars
    I’m down to make these almond cookies this weekend. It’s great to discover new recipes from time to time. Thank you!

  4. Rose Ann Sales


    5 stars
    This looks absolutely delicious! It’s been a long time since I baked cookies. I really love to try this



    5 stars
    I have not had Almond cookies before, it looks delicious. I will try this recipe out. I heard almonds are great for our health.

  6. Fransic verso


    5 stars
    These look yummy and good thing they don’t take a long time to cook. I can make them as snacks for when I’m busy at work. Thank you for sharing these lovely cookies!

  7. Bedabrata Chakraborty


    5 stars
    I love almonds and I love cookies. Love your recipe but have a quick question. Can you please suggest an alternative to eggs so that I can make this for my vegetarian friends and family too?

  8. Ntensibe Edgar


    5 stars
    Wow…thanks for this recipe! I love and live for almond cookies! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  9. Andy T


    5 stars
    We adore these cookies at my house! I even used the leftover egg yolks to make some lemon curd to serve with them.

  10. Patricia


    5 stars
    I love almond cookies. Thank you for making these gluten free. Now I can enjoy them again. Printing this to put in with my Christmas baking recipes.

  11. Michelle


    5 stars
    I made these with all purpose flour and they were delicious. I appreciate how you give simple step by step instructions. I am not much of a baker, but so far all of your recipes I have made turned out great.

  12. Debbie


    5 stars
    Yum! These Almond Cookies and the recipe sound amazing. The instructions and video are great as well. Thank you for the easy to follow recipe.

  13. Liz


    5 stars
    I baked these for my knitting group and they got rave reviews!! SO delicious!!

  14. Hari


    5 stars
    Wow this recipe looks delicious. Probably will try this in the future. Thanks for putting this awesome recipe post together!

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