Almond Meltaways

Ground almonds and amaretto double the almond flavor of these tender butter cookies.

Almond Meltaways
Servings: 78 Yield: 6-1/2 dozen cookies Prep 30 mins Chill 30 mins Bake 350°F 15 mins


  • 1 cup blanched whole almonds (6 ounces)
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • White non-pareils OR sprinkles

Make It

1. Finely grind almonds in food processor. Add flour, confectioners sugar and salt. Pulse to evenly blend. Add butter and amaretto; pulse until dough begins to come together.

2. With floured hands, roll dough into 3/4-inch balls. Place 1-1/2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

4. Bake cookies until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove to rack; let cool completely.


5. In cup, stir together confectioners sugar and enough milk for good glazing consistency. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon glaze onto each cookie, letting glaze drip down sides. Let dry slightly. Top with non-pareils or sprinkles.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 78; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 53, Fat, total (g): 3, chol. (mg): 5, sat. fat (g): 1, carb. (g): 6, fiber (g): , pro. (g): 1, sodium (mg): 4, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.