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Almond Paste Cookies: An Easy-to-Make, Tasty Treat

I grew up watching and helping my mother make homemade cookies. They were always in our school lunch boxes. Here, I share some family faves.

Learn how to bake irresistible almond paste cookies just like my mother-in-law used to make.

Learn how to bake irresistible almond paste cookies just like my mother-in-law used to make.

This handwritten recipe was recently discovered in my mother-in-law's old recipe box. I have been slowly working my way through her collection of recipes as well as my mother's recipes to determine which of them we wish to keep.

Now I will be the first to tell you that eating almond paste cookie—despite the fact of them containing some healthful attributes—will never make the portion of the food pyramid that nutritionists espouse. But for an aromatic and delicious sweet treat, these cookies are hard to beat for flavor. Eat and enjoy them in moderation if you can control yourself!

Handwritten recipe card from my mother-in-law.

Handwritten recipe card from my mother-in-law.

Cookie Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup almond paste (I used just 7 ounces, which came in one package.)
  • 1/2 cup nutmeats
Assembling the cookie ingredients together.

Assembling the cookie ingredients together.

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter with the sugar and, when well mixed, beat in the eggs.
  2. Add the flour and baking soda to the creamed mixture. I almost always sift the dry ingredients together just to make sure that there are no lumps in the mixture so that it gets evenly distributed in the batter.
  3. Mix in the almond paste. If the dough gets too stiff and hard to work with, add a few drops of water. Since I only used 7 ounces or 198 grams of the paste instead of the 8 ounces it called for in the recipe, I did not have to add any water. Apparently this nut paste used to be sold in larger packages years ago.
  4. Finally mix in the nuts. You can use any kind of nut you may have on hand.
  5. Drop by half rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. I used Pam cooking spray. Leave plenty of space between the cookies, because they spread out quite a bit. I only put 12 cookies on each normal-sized cookie sheet and it was perfect. Note: The recipe did not call for this, but I decided to press a slivered almond on the top of each ball of dough before baking just for decorative purposes.
  6. Bake in a 325°F oven for 15 minutes or until the edges of the cookies turn a golden brown.
  7. After the cookies are out of the oven, let them rest for 30 to 60 seconds before removing from the cookie sheet to a wire rack for cooling.

Yield: Makes about 4 1/2 dozen cookies.

Which Almond Paste Should You Use?

The brand that I used was Odense. According to their packaging, they have been in business since 1909, and it is "Made in Denmark using California Almonds."

They have some great-sounding recipes inside the box, all of which use this rich tasting almond paste as an ingredient. They include the following:

  • Biscotti
  • Almond Apple Crumb Pie
  • Macaroons, and
  • Pound Cake

It would be worth purchasing a box just to acquire those recipes!

Are you ready to indulge in some great-tasting cookies? Bet you can't eat just one!

Are you ready to indulge in some great-tasting cookies? Bet you can't eat just one!

Dish of Almond Paste Cookies

Dish of Almond Paste Cookies

Please rate me. Thanks!

Some Background Information About Almond Trees and Locations Where They Are Grown

Originating from the Mediterranean countries, these trees are now grown in many other parts of the world where suitable growing conditions are met. This includes places like Spain, Greece, Turkey, Northern Africa and even parts of the United States among other locations.

These particular trees thrive in warm to even hot temperatures as long as they get sufficient water. They do not like overly humid conditions. The gigantic Central Valley of California where a good percentage of United States food is grown is just about perfect for the growing of these trees. Just about 3/5 of the world's production comes from California and much of it is exported.

Central Valley of California (shown in green on California outline.)

Central Valley of California (shown in green on California outline.)

Eating various types of nuts can be a healthful addition to one's diet.

  • Almonds are a good source of fiber.
  • They are high in protein.
  • They contain vitamin E as well as some B vitamins and minerals.
  • Additionally they have mostly monounsaturated fats which can potentially lower cholesterol among other good effects on the body.

In our home, we typically keep roasted ones on hand, as well as blanched slivered ones, almond extract, and occasionally almond milk for drinking.

Almonds

Almonds

Did you know that you can make your own milk and paste from these nuts? The video below shows just how easy it is to accomplish making the milk. Leftover pulp can be used for soothing skin treatments by adding a few other fragrant ingredients.

There are many online recipes which will help one in making your own almond paste if desired. Many of the recipes only have these four ingredients:

  • whole blanched almonds
  • powdered sugar
  • egg white
  • almond extract

There are many variations. As infrequently as I need this ingredient in my recipes, I think that I will simply purchase the tried and true Odense brand in the grocery store when needed.

© 2013 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 30, 2017:

Hi Rochelle,

If you like the taste of almonds you are sure to like this almond paste cookie. Nice that you were able to get that almond wood for your fireplace. I would imagine that it was a hardwood?

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on November 29, 2017:

I think I might try this. I've had a can of almond paste in my pantry for a long time-- but I think it's still good. We have a lot of almond orchards around here. A few years ago a dady not far from here was taking out a lot of old almond trees and giving away the wood to anyone who would clear it away-- made really nice firewood.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 28, 2015:

Hi Rachel,

You are bound to love eating these cookies judging from your comment about loving the flavor of almonds. Enjoy!

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on October 28, 2015:

Hi Peggy, I will have to look for almond paste because these cookies make me want to eat the picture. lol I love almonds and I will love these cookies. Not to mention that almonds are so good for you. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings to you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 15, 2015:

Hi SweetiePie,

If you like the taste of almond cookies, I am sure you would really like this recipe. Enjoy!

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on October 14, 2015:

I love almonds, and I have enjoyed almond cookies. I will share your hub on Pinterest, and I need to try this recipe.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2015:

Hi Audrey,

These cookies are truly delicious! Will have to make more soon for my hubby. :))

Audrey Howitt from California on September 14, 2015:

One of my absolute favorites!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

You are frequently in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for the visit and well wishes on this cookie hub of mine. Always nice hearing from you.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 23, 2015:

Visiting back, Peggy. Thank you for taking the time to say hey and let me know we are thought of.

As always, Angels are bringing blessings and hugs your way ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 05, 2015:

Hello facetube,

Judging from your comment, you must really like cookies! Enjoy these almond paste cookies with my blessings. They are really tasty! :)

facetube on July 05, 2015:

Cookies in the kitchen are like diamonds in the sky :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 22, 2015:

Hello letstalkabouteduc,

Enjoy these cookies with my blessings! :)

McKenna Meyers on May 20, 2015:

Thanks for the informative hub. My sons LOVE marzipan so I bet they'll adore these cookies.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2015:

Hi alexadry,

That pastry shop in Italy sounds wonderful! Am sure you will like this almond paste cookie recipe. Almond paste gives food items such a distinctive and wonderful flavor!

Adrienne Farricelli on May 12, 2015:

This recipe sounds very yummy and brings childhood memories back of when I lived in Italy. This pastry shop made almond cookies and they were topped with candied red and green cherries or a round sliver of candied orange peel. I miss them dearly, will have to try this almond cookie recipe!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 28, 2015:

Hi Thelma,

Glad you like the sound of this almond cookie recipe and thanks for sharing it. I just shut down my Facebook account after reading the following: Get your loved ones off facebook. You can Google that to find out why. I double checked some of the many links and even Wikipedia confirms it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 27, 2015:

Hi Peg,

If your hubby likes eating almond cookies he is bound to like these when and if you decide to make them. Glad you liked the additional information about almonds. :)

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on February 26, 2015:

This sounds good and I love almond cookies. Thanks for sharing the recipe Peggy. Voted up and shared in my fb account.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 26, 2015:

These cookies look delicious and using your Mother in Law's recipe is such a wonderful way to pay her tribute. I've never tried using almond paste in any recipes. This looks interesting. The hubby loves almond cookies.

I also learned much about almonds that I didn't know. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 25, 2014:

Hi peachpurple,

In this case I do not believe that sunflower oil would be a good substitute for the butter. I doubt that the cookies would hold their shape with just the oil.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 24, 2014:

i don't have butter, can i use sunflower oil?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2014:

Hi Patricia,

If you like almonds you are sure to really like these cookies. Your home will smell heavenly while baking these as you suspected. Sending angels to you on this fine day. Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving together.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 27, 2014:

These look so good and the house will smell divine while they bake. I am a huge fan of almonds...in salads and in so many other dishes. I have to try this. Bookmarking to add to my baking list for this Christmas.

Angels are on the way to you ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 07, 2014:

Hi Cheryl,

Happy to be of help in this regard. Hope you give these good tasting cookies a try. ☺

CherylsArt on September 05, 2014:

Thanks Peggy. Good to know.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2014:

Hi Cheryl,

No...the almond paste is not in the refrigerated section but can be found in the regular grocery aisles along with other baking type goods. It is pictured here in a package but I think it is also sold canned.

CherylsArt on August 30, 2014:

Peggy, would the almond paste be in the refrigerated section?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 29, 2014:

Hi Cheryl,

You should be able to find almond paste. It is not that unusual an ingredient. It is so good!

CherylsArt on August 29, 2014:

The cookies look so good. I'll have to check and see if any of our stores carry almond paste.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2014:

Hi torrilynn,

Perhaps that is a way of expanding your food knowledge and possibly broadening your palate regarding foods and flavors. I applaud you for trying the new recipes. Hope you enjoy this!

torrilynn on June 23, 2014:

I honestly don't like almonds but I'm always into trying new recipes with foods I don't like. Weird right ? Overall, neat recipe. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 17, 2014:

Hi alexadry,

I hope that these almond paste cookies are similar to the ones you had as a child in Sicily. That would be wonderful. Almond paste is such a good flavor!

Adrienne Farricelli on June 17, 2014:

I was raised in Sicily as a child and there they use almond paste a lot for cookies. I will give your recipe a try as I miss these types of cookies a lot. I bet that a candied cherry on top will make these cookies very similar to those I have eaten during my childhood.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 15, 2013:

Hi Journey *,

So glad that you liked this recipe and how it was presented.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on August 15, 2013:

I love this type of cookie and have never made them myself. I appreciate your straightforward recipe and the background information about almond trees. Thanks for the informative hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 10, 2013:

Hi toptendeals,

Hope you enjoy these tasty almond paste cookies! They are delicious!

Jason Benedict from Boca Raton, Florida on August 10, 2013:

Looks good Peggy, I love almonds and "easy to make" sounds right up my alley, lol.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 05, 2013:

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

Enjoy them! They really are good! :)

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on August 04, 2013:

I love almond cookies. I can't wait to try these. They look mouthwatering.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 14, 2013:

Hi pinto2011,

Am sure you will be successful in baking these almond paste cookies. Enjoy! :))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 14, 2013:

Hi Careermommy,

So glad that you liked the history of where almonds are grown, etc. in addition to this recipe. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 13, 2013:

Hi vocalcoach,

I should go through more of my mother-in-law's recipe cards and try some others. There might be other winners mixed among them! Thanks for the votes, pin and share. So glad you liked this!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 13, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

Almond cookies certainly are delicious in flavor. So glad you liked this. Thanks for the votes and shares.

Subhas from New Delhi, India on July 12, 2013:

Hi Peggy! I love cookies and this one I am really going to try. If I am not up to the mark, I am really going to ask a bag of these mouthwatering delectable cookies from you.

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on July 11, 2013:

Well, this is more than a cookie recipe hub. This is an education! I love the history that you started with before sharing your delectable recipe.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 11, 2013:

Peggy - I voted up and all across except for funny. This is really a beautiful presentation. I love the hand written recipe card by your mother. That made the hub even more special. The photos of the almond cookies are fabulous. Thanks and pinning and sharing too.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 11, 2013:

A wonderful recipe with useful photos. I love almond cookies. Voted up, useful and interesting. Shared and pinned.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2013:

Hi midget38,

Hope you enjoy this recipe when you get back to baking. :)

Michelle Liew from Singapore on June 24, 2013:

Now I must get back to baking. Thanks for sharing this, Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

At least by pinning these almond paste cookies to your board, you will have access to the recipe when and if you get a larger oven. Thanks!

justmesuzanne from Texas on June 13, 2013:

More great cookies! I need to get a full sized oven! :D Voted up, awesome, tweeted, pinned and shared! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 05, 2013:

Hi Sheila,

If you like almond flavoring...you will really like the ingredient of using almond paste! Thanks for your comment, votes and the sharing of this almond paste cookie recipe.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on May 05, 2013:

I have never heard of almond paste before, but these cookies sound so delicious! Next time I have the "baking itch" I will definitely try them! Voted up, useful, pinning and sharing! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 04, 2013:

Hello SAM ELDER,

If you like the flavor of almonds...especially almond paste...you are sure to love these cookies. Thanks for your comment.

SAM ELDER from Home on May 04, 2013:

Yummy :) interesting recipe ...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2013:

Hi vocalcoach,

So glad that we discovered this recipe in my mother-in-law's old recipe box. It is surely a keeper! Nice to know that you will be enjoying it also. Thanks for your comment and the share.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on April 26, 2013:

Loving almonds the way I do, I know these cookies are just waiting for me to whip up. So glad you're sharing this and so will I.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2013:

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

If you love the flavor of almond paste you are sure to love these cookies. My husband recently finished the last one from the batch that I made. I know that he will be requesting more in the future. Thanks for your votes and comment.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on April 26, 2013:

I love almonds and love the flavoring that almond paste gives pasteries. This looks like such a great recipe. Up and awesome.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2013:

Hi radhikasree,

This almond paste cookie is from my mother-in-law's recipe box. She used to make another wonderful tasting pastry called Dutch Letters in which almond paste was used. We never tasted these cookies while she was alive. She must have gotten the recipe after my husband no longer lived with her because he doesn't remember eating them in her home when he was young. All that being said...this is a winner recipe! We surely intend to keep it. Thanks for your votes + the share.

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on April 14, 2013:

These almond cookies look very soft and yummy. Almond itself is very tasty and hope this is another wonder recipe of your mother. Up, beautiful, useful, interesting and sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

Almond paste makes for a very concentrated flavor. As long as you enjoy the taste of almonds, you would undoubtedly really like these almond paste cookies. Thanks for the 5 star rating, votes + share.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2013:

Need to try them as I've never tasted the ones made with almond paste. Voting this up, useful and interesting. Rated 5 stars and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2013:

Hi Sheila,

If you like good flavored thin cookies, then you are sure to like these almond paste cookies. Thanks for your comment...and most of all....enjoy!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 26, 2013:

Yummy! I love a good thin, crispy cookie! Almonds are really so good for you too. I have never tried almond cookies, but plan on fixing that now. Voting up and yummy! (Maybe that's useful.) LOL :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2013:

Hi beingwell,

Since you are a homemade cookie lover, you will surely like these almond paste cookies. Thanks for your comment and vote.

beingwell from Bangkok on March 21, 2013:

Ok, I love cookies!! I love home-made's even more. I so love your hubs! Thanks for another delightful read. Voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2013:

Hi Aurelio,

You are in for a real flavor treat when you taste almond paste in baked goods. Obviously it is a more intense almond taste and great texture. I hope that you will come back and report your taste test. These almond paste cookies are simple to make and redolent with great almond flavor. Thanks for your votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 18, 2013:

I'd never heard of almond paste before, which is odd, since almonds are one of my favorite nuts. This recipe sounds delicious -- I'll forward this to the family cook. Voting this Up, Interesting and Useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 14, 2013:

Hi teaches12345,

We also keep almonds as well as peanuts and pistachios in the house for snacks. I usually have the slivered almonds and walnuts in the freezer for when I do some baking. Glad to know that you liked this recipe. It is a definite winner...at least in our opinion. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

Dianna Mendez on March 14, 2013:

I can just about taste them! I eat a handful of almonds every day for the health benefit. I can see how these cookies would not only be beneficial, but so wonderful as a treat. Great hub design and recipe idea. Voted up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 12, 2013:

Hi girishpuri,

If you like the taste of almonds I am certain that you would really like the taste of these cookies. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 12, 2013:

Hi Cheryl,

Perhaps we will still have some almond paste cookies left the next time you come over here for a visit. Bruce really likes them and the tin gets more empty every day. Fortunately we still have some in the freezer. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 12, 2013:

Hi Kathryn,

The video does show the process of making the almond milk and also a paste that is good for skin treatments...but for the best recipe on making almond paste for cooking, click on that highlighted link above titled almond paste. I have yet to do either, simply purchasing ours in the grocery stores. Hope you also had a great weekend! :))

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on March 12, 2013:

I love almonds and this recipe sounds very delicious to me.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Yes...these would be great cookies to give as gifts. Thanks as always for your complimentary words, comment, votes and the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2013:

Hi Prasetio,

Almond flavored cookies are good anytime. I am not familiar with Your Idul Fitri celebration. Have you written about the meaning of it? Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2013:

Hi Alicia,

Since you like almond paste you are sure to like these cookies. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2013:

Hi donnah75,

Since you lost your recipe, am sure you will be pleased with this almond paste cookie recipe. Happy to hear that you also enjoyed the videos as well as the photos. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2013:

Hi kashmir56,

So glad that you like the look and sound of this cookie recipe. Appreciate your votes and especially the share. Thanks!

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on March 10, 2013:

I know these are delicious cookies. You have a great library of recipes collected from your mother and mother-in law. I love the aromatic smell of almond extract. It is hard to control yourself with these delicious and moist cookies. They really make nice gifts and desserts for any special luncheon. Or to just have with coffee. Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe. Awesome hub with photos and videos.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on March 09, 2013:

Oops, sorry, I didn't actually watch the video yet.

Yeah, it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to nut allergies. Usually when I "take a chance", I regret it later!

Have a good weekend, Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2013:

Hi Kathryn,

Almond milk is not made from almond paste but by soaking and straining the white almonds. The video shows it nicely. Click on the highlighted link (almond paste) above for the exact recipe of making almond paste. From the sound of it you should probably stay away from eating almonds if you have had a reaction to them. Better to be safe rather than sorry. Nut allergies can be serious. Appreciate your comment. I have many more of those hand written recipe cards. :))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2013:

Hi Melovy,

Nice to know that you enjoyed this hub and will be making the almond paste cookies. Enjoy! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2013:

Hi Maren Morgan M-T,

I agree! It is fun connecting with our ancestors through the use of their recipes. It can also bring back happy memories as well as getting to taste those old tried and true recipes. Thanks for your comment.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 09, 2013:

I know these cookies will be so delicious! Perfect for so many things, not just eating. Put a few in a zip-lock bag to send home with guests -- if there are any left after desert! You've provided great photos again, too.

Voted up, useful, 5 more stars, and will share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2013:

Hi RTalloni,

I know...sometimes that food pyramid needs to be turned upside down for special moments. :)) Will look forward to reading your nut prescription hub.

Too bad that we cannot choose which hubs we would allow to be pinned, but it is all or nothing and I don't want to lose the copyrights on some of my photos by having them posted there. I would not care about food photos. Thanks for the thought and intent and thanks for your comment.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 09, 2013:

I love your recipe, Peggy. My mom usually make almond cookies with different ingredient on Idul Fitri celebration. I think the almond cookies more delicious if it accompanied by hot tea in the evening. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up and pressing this buttons, except funny. Cheers :-)

Prasetio

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 08, 2013:

I love the taste of almond paste, so I'm sure that I would enjoy these cookies. In fact, I'm certain that I wouldn't be able to eat just one, as your photo caption suggests! Thanks for the recipe, Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2013:

Hi Kalmiya,

Almonds are a good source of protein as you mentioned. Nice that you are making your own almond milk and almond butter. I have been purchasing our almond milk. I should start making my own like you are doing. Glad to know that you liked the sound of this almond paste cookie. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2013:

Hi unknown spy,

If you like almonds, then this recipe should be right up your alley so to speak. Thanks for your comment.

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on March 08, 2013:

I made some delicious almond cookies for gifts years ago, and then I lost the recipe. I am pinning this one for future use. They look lovely. Great info and videos too :)

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on March 08, 2013:

Hi Peggy enjoyed reading this article and love this awesome recipe sounds and looks delicious ! Well done !

Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2013:

Hello JustForWhat,

As far as being passionate about health...am sure that nutritionists would not tout eating too many cookies. The nuts, yes! Sometimes we have to do some cheating with even the best of diets. Right? :) Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2013:

Hello kitkat1141,

Happy to be able to introduce you to almond paste and to these almond paste cookies. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2013:

Hi Just Ask Susan,

How nice it was to have had your very own almond tree when living in California. I'll bet that you do miss it! Nice to know that you will be baking these almond paste cookies soon. Enjoy! Thanks for your comment.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on March 08, 2013:

The recipe looks great, the facts your provided are interesting, and I was surprised that almond milk could be made using almond paste! I think the photo of the handwritten recipe card is charming.

I love almonds, and I use almond extract in some of my cookie recipes, because I like the taste it gives cookies. I have never tried almond paste, though.

The only problem I would have with making these is that almonds give me a really bad headache that won't go away until the next morning (even if I take ibuprofen, which makes most of my headaches go away). Before I discovered that was the cause, I had headaches all of the time. It is tragic to be allergic to them! But for some reason, some kinds of almonds don't give me a headache. It's kind of a hit-or-miss.

I may try this at some point, anyway! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2013:

Hi Stephanie,

My hubby is certainly enjoying these cookies! We froze some of them but of the ones in a lidded tin that I left out...he is helping himself to one or two a day. This recipe is a definite keeper! Thanks for the vote up and the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2013:

Hi Mary,

From the sound of it, it would be less expensive to make one's own almond paste if one uses it often enough in baking. I have one more recipe that I want to try someday that uses it as a prime ingredient. These cookies were originally very crisp at first but now, a couple of days later they have become softer like a butter cookie. I am sure that you will love them since you like almonds so much. Thanks for the votes and the share.