Almond Crunch Cookies: Easy Cookie Recipe from Pillsbury Bake-Off #30
Barbara Hodgson, Elkhart,
Almond Crunch Cookies are a unique cross between a molded
cookie and a drop cookie.
The dough is thick. That’s why the recipe calls for you to
mold cookies into a ball and then use fork tines, dipped in sugar, to flatten
the cookies. This way the cookie will bake all the way through before the
outside browns too much. Yet these cookies are shaped much like a drop cookie.
In fact, you can drop tablespoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheet and then
flatten them, if you prefer – the shape may simply be not as perfectly round.
Almonds, almond flavoring, and toffee bits add up to a warm,
buttery, nutty flavor. The cookies taste like individual toffee-flavored
shortbreads. It’s easy to see why these cookies were a favorite recipe from the
iconic Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest #30 in 1982.
Prep time: 15-30 minutes
Bake time: 12-16 minutes
Makes about 4-5 dozen cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, room temperature
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 cups coarsely chopped almonds
1 ¼ cups toffee bits (10 ounce bag)
Extra granulated sugar for pressing, about ¼ cup
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment
- In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking soda, salt, and
cream of tartar. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, cream together butter, oil, and sugars
together until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until the
mixture is smooth. Mix in almond extract, scraping the bowl continually,
- Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture, adding a bit
at a time and mixing until smooth. Stir in chopped almonds and toffee bits.
- Pour about ¼ cup sugar into a small bowl.
- Mold large tablespoonfuls of dough onto balls. Roll balls in
granulated sugar. Place balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Dip a
fork into sugar; press tines over cookie balls in a crisscross pattern, one at
a time, to flatten each cookie.
- Bake cookies for 12-16 minutes until golden brown around the
edges. Remove baking sheets from the oven. Let cookies cool for a minute on
baking sheets before using a spatula to remove them from the sheet to a cooling
- Allow cookies to cool completely. Store in an airtight
Special Baking Tips for
Almond Crunch Cookies
- To coarsely chop almonds, start with sliced almonds. Measure
2 cups. Place sliced almonds in a food processor and pulse on high several
times until nuts are chopped.
- You can make Almond Crunch Cookies as large (1/4 cup of dough) or as small (a tablespoon of dough) as
you like. Adjust baking times accordingly.
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