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Updated on May 6, 2016
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You Call That A Cookie? Try These Almond Butter Cookies

Everyone loves some Almond Butter Cookies and this traditional recipe will make your mouth water and your face smile.

Ok, I used a funny title I know.... I had to come up with something catchy to get you to look; kind of like a billboard using those shiny things to catch your eye, or flashing lights at a cheap hotel. But unlike the cheap hotel you won't leave here with little critters that you didn't bring with you, and you won't mind recommending it to your friends. This recipe has been in our family for a couple generations at least; my wife who was born and raised in Germany made it with her mother and grandmother quite often.

What we have here is perhaps (no, definitely) the best almond butter cookie recipe you've ever tasted and the easiest to bake. There's no shortage of cookie recipes so why should you gamble with 5 minutes of your life on this lens? Because it's been in our family for years, it's tried and tested (made them today as a matter of fact) and I've never met a chef that didn't like them. Would I be taking the sales pitch too far if I said Gordon Ramsay asked for THIS recipe? Probably, but you get the point, I'm sold on these cookies and am betting that you'll agree that these are the easiest to bake and best tasting Almond Butter cookies you'll have on your desert platter.

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Here's What We're Going For

This recipe is used quite literally all around the world. And there's good reason for that... it's simply delicious with a side order of easy. Of course you can go with Almond Butter in lieu of margarine or butter for the true flavor, but some people find it too strong and so we use regular butter and almond extract and nuts.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Serves: 2 - 3 dozen depending on size of crescents


  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Butter or Margarine
  • 1 Cup Ground Almonds
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Powdered Sugar for sprinkling


  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degree.
  2. Grind the Almonds in a coffee bean grinder or food processor if you have one, until they are fine (your preference).
  3. Warm (not melt) the butter so that it's easily mixed with the sugar and other ingredients.
  4. Beat the Butter & Sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Blend in the Almond Extract & Vanilla.
  6. Mix in the Flour and ground Almonds until well blended.
  7. Roll approximately 1 TBS of dough into a log and then shape into a crescent.
  8. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet or baking paper for 12 - 15 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle some powdered sugar on these once they're removed from the oven.
  10. Gloat a little.
5 stars from 1 rating of Almond Crescents (or Mandel-halbmonde in German)

Cookie FYI

Biscotti is derived from Italian "bis" (twice) and "cotto" (cooked) for "twice cooked." Dough is baked, sliced in half, then re-baked to create the dried and crunchy cookie we all know. Many cultures used a similar technique to dry their baked goods to increase shelf life.

The cookies we're making today, however, are no dried out biscuits.

These Almond Butter Cookies Are Easy To Bake - With simple steps and just a few ingredients

The hardest part of this recipe is rolling up the crescents from the dough. As you saw in the recipe module above, the list of ingredients couldn't be simpler and for the most part you should have everything you need in your kitchen to make a batch right now and put me to task.

We get everything assembled and ready to go and have the oven preheated to 350. As mentioned earlier, we use a coffee bean grinder to get our fine Almonds, but a food processor works as well, or you can buy the Almonds already ground if your grocer carries them like that.

Variety Is Fun

Feel free to substitute the Almonds and Almond Extract for Hazelnuts or other nut of your choice for variety.

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Formed Crescents Ready For Oven

Formed Crescents Ready For Oven
Formed Crescents Ready For Oven

It's That Simple

We use two cookie sheets so while one is in the oven we're rolling the crescents for the next batch. Truly, the only work involved with this recipe is rolling the crescent shapes. Once you've made these and tasted how incredible they are you'll agree that it's amazingly simple for such goodness.

After you've pulled them out of the oven use a sifter to coat them with powdered sugar while they're still warm so the sugar stays put.

That's it... you've made an incredible party pleaser in no time at all.

Need Something Fancier Than Truffles?

If you're wanting to expand this simple recipe into something more fancy you can easily melt some Chocolate and drizzle over the crescents or dip them!! I know you're smiling now.

Brief History of The Cookie

Surprisingly a lot of people think that cookies were originally made in China or the far east, due largely to the seemingly famous tradition of fortune cookies. The truth is, fortune cookies are an American phenomenon that have no ancient history in China, and in fact are scarcely available there.

According to Wikipedia, cookies appear to have their origins in 7th century Persia, where not long after the use of sugar became relatively common in that region they began baking flour and sugar foods. But these were surely flatbreads at best. In terms of the "cookie" as we know it, it's widely held that the origins of the cookie date to early Dutch chefs who would make the little "cookies" quite incidentally as they would test their batter and oven temperature before making a full cake. The name cookie actually comes from the Dutch keokje, meaning "little cake." These quickly caught on (who doesn't like finger food) and led to the belly busting cookies we enjoy today.

If you travel and love cookies then perhaps this will help:

English speaking countries (other than U.S.) - biscuits

Germany - keks

Italy - biscotto

Japan - bisuketto

Spain - galleta

Double The Pleasure

We always double this recipe and make big batches. They're great to give along with gifts (or by themselves) and they don't last long in our house.

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      Dusty2 LM 5 years ago

      Very nice lens that is well done. The cookies look and sound delicious. Thank You for stopping by my Traditional Irish Stew Similar To Grandmas lens and giving it a "thumbs up". I really appreciate it. Hope you try and enjoy the stew. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great recipe, nicely presented.

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      Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      Sounds delicious. I need to try these! Blessings.

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      Anthony Altorenna 6 years ago from Connecticut

      These sound really good! Biscotti are some of my favorite cookies, and I'm going to give your almond crescent recipe a try.

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      mowug1776 6 years ago

      great lens, love to try them as so as i get the time

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Well, I wouldn't call an almond crescent a cookie ... but an incredibly tasty pastry!

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      Oh what a yummy lens. I love anything with almonds and almond flavor. Great job on this lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great tribute to food indeed! enjoyed my visit here tonight, thank you.

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      thewebartists 6 years ago

      it sounds good, i love your len as well as it's tasty topic.

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      Bob 6 years ago from Kansas City

      Thank you all for your comments, I really appreciate it. Happy holidays to you and all Squids!

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      Clairissa 6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Yum! Sounds great. Have a great holiday.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Sounds pretty tasty to me! Blessed!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Love crescent cookies! Blessed!

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      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      Yummy Lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great! Now I'm hungry. Thanks a lot.

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      KhairuZiya 6 years ago

      Yammy....great lens, thanks for sharing

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens and great cookies :)

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      Coffeebreak9am 6 years ago

      Love your lens...very creative!

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      danzuc76 6 years ago

      Yum cookies! Great work, Im going to make some of these. Angel blessing!

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      Beadsnresin 6 years ago

      These look nice and tasty, thanks!

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      victoriuh 6 years ago

      Looks good. Wondering if you could omit the almost and use a little orange juice and orange zest. It sounds good but maybe the flavor would be too delicate. Thanks for sharing!

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      beckyf 6 years ago

      Yum! These look delish.

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      SupremeOptimist 6 years ago

      looks so good!

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      ApplianceRepairsB 6 years ago

      That is awesome!

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      Northwestphotos 6 years ago

      I love almond cookies!