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German Almond Cookies

German Almond Cookies
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 30 min
  • Ingredients 6
  • Servings 36
These German Almond Cookies have centuries of history behind them, but their flavor is timeless. Also known as Bethmännchen, each cookie is made with almond paste and topped with three almonds for a nutty flavor that complements any Christmas cookie platter.
Updated September 21, 2020

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole natural almonds
  • 1 roll (16.5 oz) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 1/4 cup almond paste (from 7-oz package)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 108 whole natural almonds (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Line large cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper. Place 1/2 cup almonds in food processor. Cover; process with on-off pulses until finely ground.
  • 2
    In medium bowl, break up cookie dough and almond paste. Stir or knead in flour and ground almonds until well mixed. (DO NOT EAT RAW COOKIE DOUGH AFTER COMBINING WITH FLOUR.) Shape dough into 36 (1 1/4-inch) balls. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. With fingers, flatten each ball to 1 1/2-inch round. Firmly press 3 almonds with pointed ends touching in center of each cookie round.
  • 3
    Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until edges are set. Do not overbake. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool 5 minutes; sift powdered sugar over tops of cookies.. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

  • You can find almond paste in a tube in the baking aisle of the grocery store.
  • Swap unblanched almonds for blanched whole almonds in this recipe, if desired.
  • For best results, bake cookies one sheet at a time on the center oven rack.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container in single layers between parchment or waxed paper in refrigerator up to 1 week. Cookies can be frozen up to 2 months. To thaw, let stand uncovered at room temperature 1 to 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
100
Calories from Fat
50
Total Fat
5g
8%
Saturated Fat
1g
6%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
40mg
2%
Potassium
50mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
11g
4%
Dietary Fiber
1g
3%
Sugars
6g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

  • Can't get enough cookies around Christmastime? We have plenty of Christmas Cookie recipes to choose from.
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