Almond Cookie Recipe

Soft Almond Cookies

Almond cookies are often crisp and crunchy, but these soft almond cookies are made with ricotta cheese, giving them a cakey texture.

40 min. prep time
36 cookies
858 Ratings



1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
3/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon almond flavoring
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt


1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring
1 to 2 tablespoons milk


Maraschino cherry slices or decorator sprinkles


Heat oven to 350°F.

Combine sugar and butter in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add ricotta cheese, egg and 1 teaspoon almond flavoring; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt gradually, beating at low speed after each addition.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes; remove to cooling racks.

Combine powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring and enough milk for desired glazing consistency in bowl. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon glaze over cooled cookies; decorate with cherries or sprinkles as desired. Store in tightly covered container.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 80

Fat: 3.5g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 65mg

Carbohydrates: 11g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #14331©2008Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Thank you for the response. If i try something other than ricotta I will let you know. I am going to the store and buying the ricotta!! Thanks again
I was looking for a soft cookie for my picky husband thought I would give this a try. The reviews are good. Just one question, is there anything you can use in place of the Ricotta cheese. Thank you
Test Kitchen Comment


Hi Sharon, we haven't tested with any replacements for ricotta, so unfortunately we can't say if any substitutions would work for sure. You could try with cream cheese if you'd like, they may not turn out exactly the same though. If you do try, please let us know how they turn out! Happy baking!
Posted December 19, 2014
I made this cookies for Christmas this year, in place of my usual almond cookies. They were a bit hit with all. Very nice texture and flavor. Will definitely make these again.
I make a lot of types of cookies and this is the best cookie I have ever made or tasted! I made these last Christmas and was going to give these as gifts but my husband ate them all, and he is not a sweet tooth type person! I made a second batch and it still wasn't enough as they got eaten. I ended up making three batches and everybody was fighting over them! LOL! This cookie is delicious.
moist, and soft. The ricotta cheese is the secret ingredient that puts them over the top out of this world. I topped mine with cut up maraschino cherries and it complimented the almond flavor well.
A new Christmas cookie staple that I'll make every year now!
Wonderful flavor, great texture
Made these last Christmas and they became one of my family's favorites instantly.
Great cookies, the cheese keep them soft and moist for a long time. Make some and watch them disappear instantly!
We usually make spritz cookies at Christmas time, but I decided to try this new recipe from Land of Lakes and found that we like them better than the spritz. They are so moist, they melt in you mouth. This will become a Christmas cookie in our home.
This recipe is so simple, delicious, hold well and was very well received. Took this to a pot luck at work, trying to avoid the ususal "brownies" and WOW !! they were gone in an instant. Have made this recipe twice since then for different people and had the same reaction. Wonderful for Christmas hostess gifts.
These cookies were excellent and reminded me of my favorite Italian pignoli cookies, so I added some pignoli nuts to the tops of the cookies and baked them as directed. Extra delicious!
Made these for a wedding and everyone loved them.

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