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Six-Ingredient Crunchy Almond Cookies

Six-Ingredient Crunchy Almond Cookies

Do you like Crunchy Almond Cookies? Here at the Yay! For Food household, we love them because it makes us all nostalgic.

Memories (aka story-time)

Scott likes to say that almond cookies are enjoyed across all cultures.

For myself, as a young child, I remember devouring Chinese almond cookies that had a single almond pressed on top. They were crispy on the outside and had a nice golden shine on top from being brushed with a egg wash before being baked.

They are usually eaten for Chinese New Year, but I felt that I ate those store-bought almond cookies all year round.

Scott remembers going to the local Dutch deli as a child. The deli was loaded with all types of European baked good, but there were a few staples that Scott’s parent always purchased.

Among these were coconut rings with the paper backing and crispy pretzel-shaped cookies, but Scott’s favourite were the soft, almond finger cookies with the single almond half on top. There were relatively few cookies in each package, so you had to quick if you wanted one.

So I thought, why not combine some parts of both almond cookies that we most identify with into an easy-to-make one-bowl recipe. It only has six ingredients too!

How do you make these almond cookies?

(Full ingredient amounts and instructions available in the recipe card down below)

Overhead view of flour, sugar, butter, egg yorks, vanilla extract, and sliced almonds.

Measure out and prepare the six ingredients!

Six ingredient almond cookie dough in a metal bowl.

Everything is mixed together in one bowl. I like to use a stand mixer to make these cookies quickly and easily.

Pre-baked flattened almond cookie dough balls on a baking sheet.

Scoop out a walnut size (one tablespoon) of dough and flatten it on a baking sheet. Make sure that they are placed at least one inch apart.

Baked almond cookies on a baking sheet.

Lightly press almond pieces on top of the each cookie before baking for 12-15 minutes.

Side view of stacked crunchy almond cookies with more cookies on a baking sheet in the background.


Why make these crunchy almond cookies?

These almond cookies have a wonderful crunch to them, especially on the outside.

The insides of the cookie is rich and buttery, a combination of tenderness of the dough and the crunch from the almonds. It’s full of almond flavour from the pure almond extract (so warm and nutty) and sliced almonds in and on top of the cookies.

These cookies are amazing right out of the oven (okay, you got to let it cool for a couple minutes so you don’t burn your mouth). It has a wonderful sweetness that fits so well with the strong almond flavour throughout the cookie.

To note, the longer you keep the cookies, the more uniformly crunchy the cookie will get. Of course, the delicious flavour will still be there.

A stack of seven crunchy almond cookies on a white plate with cookies and coffee in the background.

Serve these lovely cookies at a party or get-together, make it for a cookie exchange, be the hero at work, or simply save them to snack on all week. I love eating them with a cup of coffee, hot tea, or a glass of milk.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

If you’ve got time, check out my other cookie recipes! I particularly like Chewy Gingersnap (Ginger Molasses) Cookies!

Crunchy almond cookies on a white plate.

Did you make this easy crunchy almond cookie recipe? Leave me a rating and comment down below or tag me on any of my social media. I’m @yay_for_food on Instagram. Please share your recipe pictures!

Six-Ingredient Crunchy Almond Cookies

Six-Ingredient Crunchy Almond Cookies

Yield: 32 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A delicious sweet treat! Try this easy-to-make six ingredient cookie that's full of yummy almond flavour! It's ready in 30 minutes too.


  • 1 cup (8 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1½ tsp pure almond extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, plus more for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using an electric or stand mixer, at medium speed, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy and well-combined. Add egg yolks and almond extract until combined.
  3. Gently pour the flour into the mix, scraping down the sides if necessary, until the dough is smooth. Fold in the sliced almonds until just combined.
  4. Scoop out a tablespoon of dough and form a ball using the palms of your hands. Place the ball on a large ungreased, non-stick baking sheet. Repeat the process until all the cookies are formed. Make sure that the cookies are at least an inch apart.
  5. Flatten each cookie with your hand (or the back of a floured glass tumbler). Press down pieces of almonds onto the top of each cookie.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges and bottoms are golden-brown. Let cool slightly before eating.


  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature or the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Calories represents one cookie.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

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Saturday 14th of January 2023

These are so incredible! I was looking for a simple almond cookie and these fit the bill perfectly. I wish I’d let the first tray brown a bit more as they are irresistibly crunchy when cooked to a nice golden brown around the outside. (Those are the instructions right there above, but I’m always afraid to overbake cookies!)

I’ll definitely be making these again and recommending them. Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

Marie | Yay! for Food

Thursday 19th of January 2023

Thank you so much for the lovely review!


Friday 21st of October 2022

Amazing cookies! My son loved them. Perfectly crunchy. Undoubtedly the best cookies I've ever made. Great recipe, thanks for sharing.

Marie | Yay! for Food

Wednesday 26th of October 2022

I’m so happy that your son loves these cookies!


Sunday 14th of February 2021

Excellent quick cookie recipe! Love these so much added coconut my other fav and was so tasty. These cookies don't stay around long enough to get crunchy inside

Marie | Yay! for Food

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Thanks Jo! This is wonderful to hear!


Thursday 26th of November 2020

could amaretto be used in this recipe in place of the almond flavoring?

Marie | Yay! for Food

Friday 27th of November 2020

I've never tried so I can't you an answer on how it will turn out.

Liliana Caeiro

Friday 1st of May 2020

Can you substitute with almond flour instead?

Marie | Yay! for Food

Friday 1st of May 2020

Unfortunately, I've never tried this recipe using almond flour so I can't tell you with certainty if the substitution will work.

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