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Almond Sandwich Cookies

When All Else Fails~BAKE~

I’m trapped in my house due to snow.

No…we don’t have white drifts blanketing the landscape like many friends up North. Snow in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a novelty. We see it on the mountain tops. We drive up to it to ski. We even get enough in the valleys to sled once or twice each year. But drive in it? Live functional lives in it?

NO. We don’t do that.

Our schools have already closed FOUR TIMES this December, due to 1-2 inches of snow. Ridiculous, you might say, but Asheville is just not equipped to clear enough roads to free us from our homes! Too many people live on the slopes, meaning one patch of black ice could be detrimental.

So here I sit…

Christmas shopping undone.

Holiday errands un-run.

Holiday baking? THAT I can still do! I even have a couple school-skipping elves to help me!

Cookies are magical. They provide a common bond for any group of people. They offer instant (if only momentary) bliss. They are adored by the young and old alike. Cookies are bite-sized portions of LOVE.

When you give a friend a plate of cookies, you’ve given them a couple dozen tiny love notes. I’d take cookies over candles, picture frames, and trinkets any day.

I found this particular recipe in this month’s Bon Appetite Magazine. After drooling over the photo I noticed they were made with almond paste and no flour. Very curious…

They reminded me of the classic Amaretti cookies you find in the square metal tins this time of year. Only thinner, softer,  and filled with jam. I experimented with fillings and found my family liked blackberry jam and spiced vanilla frosting the best! Truth be told, they are a little time consuming–but well worth the effort, if you like a nutty flourless sort of cookie!

Almond Sandwich Cookies

Yield: 20 cookies

Cook Time: 12 minutes


1 ½ cups sliced almonds
1- 7 oz. tube of almond paste
1 cup sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ cup egg whites (MEASURE!)
Jam or frosting for filling
Powdered sugar for dusting


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line to large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Break the almond paste into chunks and place it in a food processor. Add the sugar and cinnamon and grind until fine.

Add the egg whites and pulse until smooth.

Scoop the mixture into a large zip bag and snip a hole in one corner.

*Here’s where the recipe varies…If the almond mixture in thick, pour the sliced almonds on to a plate. Then squeeze circle onto the almonds. Flip them over so they are covered with almonds on both sides, then lay them on the cookie sheets.

If the almond mixture is loose, place little mounds of sliced almonds on the cookies sheets where the cookies will be. Squeeze the mixture into circles on top of the little almond piles. Then sprinkle with a few more almonds.

Bake for 9-12 minutes. Keep an eye on them at the end because they turn dark quickly.

Allow the cookies to cool completely on the parchment paper. Then turn half of them over and top with jam or frosting. Give each cookie a top and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

(adapted from Bon Appetite Magazine 12/10)

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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59 Responses to “Almond Sandwich Cookies”

  1. fromBAtoParisposted December 16, 2010 at 7:30 am

    I am not a cookie expert..it's incredible but thru blogging I discovered cookies mean so much in USA & Canada…while in other countries, Arg, France they are just "just another thing"…Yet I love them, and I appreciate the photos bec I would have never thought to make them like that!! I hope snow melts soon, and you are able to do your Xmas shopping !!! (that's the most exciting thing!!) No, truly speaking, what I love the most is planning the menu…!


  2. Roxanposted December 16, 2010 at 7:30 am

    yum! I love anything almond flavored. I was looking at your recipe – is almond paste the same thing as marzipan?


  3. Cherineposted December 16, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Your cookies looks fabulous!! It's nice sometimes to be trapped at home because of snow, and bake such wonderful treats!!


  4. Sylvie - Gourmande in the Kitchenposted December 16, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Cookies are indeed magical. I'll have to try these with my favorite raspberry jam as a filling.


  5. A SPICY PERSPECTIVEposted December 16, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Roxan~ Almond paste is very similar to marzipan, but it has a higher percentage of almonds and a little less sugar. You could use marzipan if you needed, but your batter would be a little runny.


  6. Blog is the New Blackposted December 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I am so impressed- very cute and sounds delish!


  7. Belinda @zomppaposted December 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I wouldn't mind being stuck at your house. It's doing some ice thing here too!


  8. The Clock-Racing Gourmetposted December 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Asheville's beautiful in all kinds of weather. And the cookies look great even without the powdered sugar and jam!


  9. The Food Houndposted December 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Oh, my these look delicious!! Knoxville also shuts down for a dusting of snow :) We are used to driving in it (being from MA and PA :), but this morning we are coated in a about 1/4" of ice so we won't be going anywhere for a few hours! Time to catch up on blogging and then any extra time will be spent baking! Sometimes it's nice to be forced to stay at home!


  10. 5 Star Foodieposted December 16, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    These are so lovely with almonds and the jam filling, excellent treats!


  11. Lindsayposted December 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Wow! Those look so wonderful! I have been dreaming of sandwich cookies too!


  12. High Plains Driftersposted December 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Those middle latitudes suffer the most in the winter. Asheville might be the perfect storm: hilly roads, the snow is typically preceded by a bit of frozen rain, and you get just enough snow to cause trouble, not enough to get folks to invest in snow removal equipment.

    I still remember a 1/4 inch of snow paralyzing Atlanta.

    Those cookies look incredible!


  13. Emily Zposted December 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I am the same way… or I was on Sunday when we were having a lazy, cold, snowy day… I was feeling restless so I baked. Your cookie sandwiches look wonderful!


  14. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagelsposted December 16, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I love almond flavored desserts. Your cookies are so beautiful, I love the slices of almonds and the jam. So pretty and delicious looking. I would glady eat a dozen or two of your beautiful cookies! :)


  15. Gera@SweetsFoodsBlogposted December 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I bet that kids are satisfied because schools closed!

    Those wonderful cookies are additive, really!




  16. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking)posted December 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    So sorry to hear you're snowed in, but hey, I'll take some of that snow over here in sunny SoCal! I'm a Boston native in need of some weather! These cookies look like just the thing to keep me inside all day, too. Yum yum! Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you're having a lovely day and a nice start to the holiday season!


  17. Skip to Malouposted December 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Indeed cooking are magical.. just by mere looking at these photos make me feel warm inside haha.. sory to hear about all the mishaps but these baking is really comforting!


  18. Skip to Malouposted December 16, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    opps typos… in my comment above, i mean cookies… i think it's Freudian slip… i'm not a baker myself that's why haha!


  19. Angie's Recipesposted December 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Oh yep…cookies are magical. I love those sandwiched cookies. Here we are having the snowy weather too and I am happy to stay inside and BAKE! LOL


  20. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted December 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    You make me smile. Schools closed 4 times already? That is pretty funny. They make us get the kids to school in all kinds of weather. Sometimes we just keep them home, because it is to dangerous to get out. Hasn't happened this year yet.
    What wonderful looking cookies. I just bought some fresh baking marzipan yesterday. I will take the recipe with me to try. Thanks!


  21. Kateposted December 16, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I wish I was snowed in at your house! Kate @ kateiscooking


  22. Monetposted December 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I know that this would happen to us if it snowed in Austin. We just don't have the equipment to handle the snow! But I don't think we will be getting any of that white stuff…we are warm and dry right now…and I'm enjoying it! But I do miss those Colorado afternoons when snow would keep me in my kitchen baking away. Thank you for sharing with me..these almond treats look amazing!


  23. A Little Yumminessposted December 16, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Gosh – these cookies look so good. Love almonds!!


  24. Katerinaposted December 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    You are certainly right. Bake keeps your mind occupied so you don't think about everything that needs to be done. I know that the weather there is pretty harsh. Hang in there and bake!


  25. Carolynposted December 16, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    These are awesome and I can just tell how wonderful they taste. I love almondy cookies like this! Even better with some raspberry jam. I am buzzing them because they look so great.
    BTW, your description of NC in the snow makes me giggle. I lived in Vancouver and it was like that too. An inch of snow shut the whole city down because no one knows how to drive in it!


  26. Annaposted December 16, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Oh Dear….that sound surreal…Here at La, la, la, land it doesn't even look like xmas time. I went to the beach last Sunday. Can you believe that? Your cookies look amazing, pretty pictures too.


  27. Wilde in the Kitchenposted December 16, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    These cookies sound great. I love how you prepare them on the parchment paper. Almond overload!


  28. Brian @ howtobakerposted December 16, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Baking is an excellent way to spend a snow day. Oregonians are the same way! If we get 1/2 an inch of snow on the roads everything shuts down.


  29. Victoriaposted December 17, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Your cookies are snow-capped too :) I can't believe they've canceled school so many times for so little snow, but I guess if you don't have the means to clean it all safely, then that's just life. At least your kids can help you bake! Have a great holiday!


  30. Lawyer Loves Lunchposted December 17, 2010 at 12:50 am

    I love jam-filled cookies. Love love love. It kinda makes me wish we were snowed in so I could make these. Or I guess I could make these without snow? :)


  31. Pacheco Pattyposted December 17, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Your cookies are magical! I love the photos. Even if the snow falls and you're stuck inside at home you've managed to fill your time quite nicely! Stay warm and thanks for sharing with the rest of us:-)


  32. Eileenposted December 17, 2010 at 2:50 am

    Being snowed in is the perfect reason to bake! I love those days… Beautiful cookies – I love almonds so I'm sure they would hit the spot!


  33. The Mom Chefposted December 17, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Those do look fantastic. I need to go back through my magazine because I don't remember seeing them!


  34. TiffKeyposted December 17, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Mmmmmm …. almond paste! :)


  35. sweetlifeposted December 17, 2010 at 3:38 am

    I love your snowed in cookies, a perfect way to keep warm and spend extra time with the kids..great pics!! oh I wish it would just cool down a bit here, still in the 70's, lol



  36. A Canadian Foodieposted December 17, 2010 at 5:26 am

    So cool! (no pun intended!) YOUR cookies ARE magical! Our schools have not closed in over 100 years… and I am living in the Alberta prairies and we have heavy snows and very cold temperatures!!! But, we never close our schools, and as a teacher, it has been a real challenge to get there some days! I would love to stay home and back cookies on snowy days… and, of course, I do when I am home. There truly is nothing more "homey" than cookies in the oven with snow falling outdoors.
    Love the recipes and the photos!


  37. Magic of Spiceposted December 17, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Wow, these cookies are amazingly delightful…
    Sorry about all of the snow, there have been a lot of extreme weather conditions in so many places lately. Bet your Elves are pleased though :)


  38. Priya Sreeramposted December 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    loved the flourless cookie recipe and thanks for the step by step tutorial !


  39. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted December 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I've got a block of marzipan I've been wondering what to do with and Christmas being just round the corner presents the perfect reason to use it. The sandwich cookies look wonderful!! I haven't done any Christmas shopping either *sigh* Maybe I'll just skip it this year and make cookies for everyone instead ;)


  40. She's Cookin'posted December 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Wow, four snow days already! Your elves are loving it I'm sure – especially with treats like these yummy almond cookies. Naturally, we don't get snow in SoCal, never say never tho, just a steady rain causes chaos out here :)


  41. Chocolate Frecklesposted December 17, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    This looks great!!!


  42. Sanuraposted December 17, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I love sandwich cookies! This version with the almonds (one of my favorite flavors), looks delicious, and I like the idea of using jam instead of frosting/icing.


  43. Tobyposted December 18, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Beautiful almond cookies! They even "feel" like Christmas!


  44. baking.serendipityposted December 18, 2010 at 12:59 am

    These look delicious! I am such a sucker for sandwich cookies :) Days snowed in to bake with your children sound perfect to me. I live in Phoenix…so snow days are non-existent, but grew up in Ohio so I can definitely appreciate (and miss!) the joy of them!


  45. sara @ CaffeInaposted December 18, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Oh.my.goodness. This is what happens in your home when you get stuck by the snow? i so wish you could get stuck into my home. I would walk for miles to go get groceries for you while you stay in baking these cookies :)


  46. Sprinkled with Flourposted December 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Are you kidding me? These look sooo good. Beautiful cookies!


  47. Torviewtorontoposted December 19, 2010 at 2:19 am

    delicious festive cookies


  48. Cake Duchessposted December 19, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Gorgeous cookies to bake while snowed in. I saw this recipe this month and was thinking of trying out. Your version is tempting!


  49. Hyosun Roposted December 19, 2010 at 3:23 am

    These cookies look yummy. Love your photos too!


  50. Boulder Locavoreposted December 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Delicious! Don't you love a good snow day? What a great way to spend the time. Can't wait to make these myself…would love to be doing it on a snow day, if we ever get any snow!


  51. Gulmoharposted December 19, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Wonderful they look..It's not snowing(much) yet in Colorado, very strange rt?Probably we will not have a white X'mas this year


  52. Emily Zposted December 20, 2010 at 3:49 am

    I feel so bad! Somehow a comment you left me got into my spam folder and I deleted it before I realized it was a non-spam comment! Sorry about that! :( I'm not even sure how that happened seeing as you comment pretty frequently!


  53. Stellaposted December 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Yum, the texture of these cookies look so nice! I love that the batter is kind of wet too. Wet cookie batters make some of the best cookies;-)


  54. Kristenposted December 21, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Those look wonderful. In the winter (well, real winter, not the fake winter of Arizona)I like to stay home and bake too. There is something so homey about being in a warm house, creating wonderful things in the oven, keeping the cold at bay.

    Happy Holidays!!


  55. Chow and Chatterposted December 21, 2010 at 5:42 am

    wonderful cookies and a fun thing to do with the kids


  56. Sanjeeta kkposted December 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I like the title of the post, Sommer. The cookies look cute with uneven corners. Love the frosting and pictures.


  57. bunkycooksposted December 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I know I would love the flavors in these cookies with all of the almonds! Baking is a great way to spend the day and so relaxing. I missed being able to do much of it this year because of my surgery, but I at least get to enjoy your photos! Happy Holidays!


  58. Johnposted December 29, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Those look great. I found one paragraph of the directions somewhat confusing so I edited them on a Word .doc and sent it to you for your input.

    These cookies I'll definitely make. I LOVE ALMOND PASTE!


  59. Rosaposted July 22, 2011 at 6:20 am

    What fabulous cookies! They must taste heavenly.




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