Holiday Cookie Swap: Almond Butter Cookies

It’s December and for many of us that means Cookie Swap time! If you’ve got a holiday cookie swap coming up, I have an easy and delicious cookie for you. The recipe is my mom’s and I grew up making them with her every Christmas. They’re perfect for a cookie swap because the cookies are small and each batch yields 3 dozen. You’ll be ready for that exchange in no time!

Ingredients

  • 2  sticks butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

The dough for the cookies comes together easily. First, I creamed the butter in the bowl of my stand mixer using the paddle attachment. Then, I slowly added the flour. Once all incorporated, I switched to the whisk attachment and added the next 3 ingredients.

With your hands, roll small pieces of dough into ball shapes. Arrange on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silpat.

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In a 350 degree oven, bake the cookies for 17-20 minutes. I check the bottom after about 17 minutes- you are looking for them to be a golden brown. Remove from oven and flip cookies over.

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Bake for another 10-13 minutes.

While baking, combine the 1 cup powdered sugar and the cinnamon into a bowl. Once the cookies are done, and while they are still warm, coat them in the sugar/cinnamon mixture.

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Put a few cookies into the bowl at a time and toss with a spoon until coated.

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Beforehand, I figured out I needed to make 9 dozen cookies to accommodate the 15 people in the cookie exchange at work. This would provide each person with 7 cookies- 1 to sample and 6 for their cookies trays.

Instead of putting all of the cookies in tins, I decided to make life easier and bought cello bags decorated in snowflakes. This way, all I had to do was give each person a bag instead of transferring cookies in and out of tins. After coating the warm cookies, I put 7 in each bag.

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Once all of the bags were filled, I sprinkled a bit more sugar/cinnamon over top, and then tied with a twist tie.

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I baked on Sunday for a Monday morning cookie swap. It’s a perfect way to sample many different types of cookies and to create beautiful cookie platters for your upcoming holiday parties!

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Are you doing any baking this month? What’s your favorite holiday cookie?

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