A batch of almond cloud cookies with a light and chewy texture and nutty almond flavor are the best cookies to bake when you're in the mood for something new!
If you love almonds these Almond Cloud Cookies are the perfect treat. Almost completely made of almond paste and almond extract, they are chewy and light with a touch of sweetness. And they're gluten-free!
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Chewy Almond Cookies
I love this recipe! These chewy almond cookies are a delightful treat that combines the nutty richness of almonds with a cloud-like, chewy texture that's simply irresistible. It's so easy to make and is comprised of ingredients that are naturally gluten-free.
What bakes up is a chewy cookie that's subtly sweet and nutty with flavor that just pops in your mouth. It's light and airy and totally addictive that it is hard to stop eating at just one. And, since anyone would enjoy this cloud cookie, it's a great one to add to any buffet or Christmas cookie exchange.
Gluten Free Almond Cookies
It's a new world out there, and many people have developed sensitivities. Whether it's gluten, dairy, or nuts, when hosting a party I think it's important to make sure to have some gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free food on the table. Your "free" friends will thank you!
All of the ingredients in this almond cloud cookie recipe are naturally gluten free.
Why You'll Love These Almond Paste Cookies
If your favorite cookies are soft and chewy, then these French almond cookies are perfect! They are also fantastic for anyone with food allergies. They are gluten-free and dairy-free (no butter at all!).
Anyone who loves the flavor of almonds will devour these almond paste cookies!
These cookies are quick and easy with just a handful of ingredients.
After you make a batch of cloud cookies, make some more tasty almond-flavored desserts. Pear almond cake has a lovely crumb texture. Almond shortbread cookies are sweet and nutty, and almond danish braids look and taste like they're fresh from the bakery.
Here's what you need to make cloud cookies:
- Almond Paste
- Almond Extract
- Almond Oil
- Egg Whites
- Powdered Sugar
How to Make Cloud Cookies with Almond Paste
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare cookie sheets by lining them with parchment paper or a silicone mat then gather the ingredients.
- In a medium bowl, combine almond paste, sugar, salt, almond oil, and extract.
- Mix well. Whisk egg whites until foamy, then add to the almond mixture.
- Stir until combined.
- Scoop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets. Space about 2 inches apart as they do tend to spread. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- Press down just slightly.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly browned around the edges. Watch carefully as they tend to brown up fast once they reach that stage. Let cool on cookie sheets.
Come Christmas, these light and airy almond paste cookies are the perfect cookies to add to your cookie tins.
Recipe Tips and Variations
Use a mini fine mesh strainer to sprinkle the powdered sugar on top of the cookies. Put powdered sugar in the strainer then hold it over the cookies and tap it.
- Chocolate - Add 1 cup of mini chocolate chips after adding the egg whites to the almond paste mixture.
- Citrus - Substitute the almond oil with lemon or orange oil. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of lemon or orange zest.
- Coconut - Add ½ cup of coconut flakes.
- Italian Pignoli - Sprinkle pine nuts on top instead of powdered sugar.
- Vanilla - Add the seeds of 1 vanilla bean.
- Dipped or Drizzled - Omit the powdered sugar on top. Dip the baked cookies in melted chocolate chips or drizzle the melted chocolate on top. Milk, semi-sweet, dark, or white chocolate are all great choices.
If you use your fingers to rub vanilla beans or citrus zest into sugar it will intensify the flavor.
How to Store
Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 10 days.
Freeze cookies in a freezer-safe container or heavy-duty plastic freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter.
For Those That Love Baking Cookies
- Gluten Free Lemon Bars with a buttery shortbread crust.
- White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies are chunky, buttery, and perfect for cookie exchanges.
- Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies - are soft and extra-chocolatey, filled with silky-smooth chocolate ganache and topped with holiday sprinkles.
- Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies with sprinkles are festive and great for homemade gifts for the holidays.
- Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are soft, chewy, and almost like a mini cupcake.
- German Christmas Cookies with almonds, spices, and a sweet glaze.
Find even more of the best Christmas cookie recipes here on 2CM!
Almond Cloud Cookies
- 10 ounces almond paste
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- ⅛ teaspoon almond oil
- 2 egg whites
- powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare cookie sheets by lining with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- In a medium bowl, beat almond paste, sugar, salt, extract and almond oil. Whisk egg whites until foamy then add to almond mixture.
- Scoop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets. Space about 2 inches apart as they do tend to spread. Sprinkle with powdered sugar then press down just slightly.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly browned around edges. Watch carefully as they tend to brown up fast once they get to that stage.
- Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheets. Store in airtight container.
- Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of lemon or orange zest for some citrus flavor.
- Add the seeds of 1 vanilla bean.
This post has been updated with new photos and step-by-step directions. It was first published on December 19, 2013.