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Almond Spice Cookies

These wonderful almond spice cookies pack a lot of flavor into a tiny package. With crunchy almonds, warm spices, and a hint of orange, these cookies are fabulously delicious!

Looking for more easy cookie recipes? Try these peanut butter sandwich cookies, 3-ingredient shortbread cookies, pie crust cookies, and this chocolate shortbread as well!

Almond spice cookies topped with a simple glaze and sliced almonds.

Homemade Almond Spice Cookies

A quick browse through the cookies here at BoB, and you’ll see that I’m far more likely to make drop cookies than the cutout variety. However, sometimes I get the urge to roll out cookie dough and make a batch of pretty cookies.

That brings us to these Almond Spice Cookies. They’re made with a dough that’s simple to mix and to roll. Plus, they’re loaded with lots of spices and almonds, and topped with a simple glaze and a few sliced almonds to make them especially pretty.

Almond spice cookies topped with glaze on a plate.

I stumbled upon this recipe in an old community cookbook that my mother gave me years ago. These interesting cookies caught my eye, and I just knew they’d be a fantastic addition to my holiday baking arsenal. I made just a few tweaks, and these beauties are now a permanent addition to my Christmas cookie baking list.

These cookies have such an interesting blend of spices. There’s plenty of ginger and cinnamon, and that’s always just fine with me. But there’s also a little bit of cloves and pepper for a wonderful flavor kick. And added to all that great spice flavor is a bit of orange for a zing of citrus and a splash of brandy for some bold flavor. It all works together for a really lovely flavor that is perfectly suited for winter weather.

Almond spice cookies topped with a sweet glaze and sliced almonds.

I know that I’ll get questions about the corn syrup in these cookies, so let’s talk about it a bit. I don’t use it often, but the corn syrup in this recipe makes the dough a dream to mix, roll, and cut. That said, I know some of you prefer not to use corn syrup or don’t have access to it. I’ve tried substituting sugar dissolved in warm water to replace that volume in these cookies, and it’s just not quite the same. That’s not to say that you can’t go that route if you don’t want to use corn syrup. Just be warned that the dough will be fairly crumbly and tougher to roll and cut. (See my note in the recipe.)

I like to finish these cookies with a really simple glaze. You’ll just need a small amount for each cookie (maybe 1/4 teaspoon), so don’t be alarmed that you have a fairly small amount after it’s mixed. They’re perfectly lovely with just the glaze, but I like to add some sliced almonds on top for a little more interest and extra almond flavor.

These Almond Spice Cookies have been a big hit among my holiday baking. Their flavor and appearance are such a wonderful complement to the season. Try them if you love spice cookies but are looking for something just a little different.

If you loved these almond spice cookies, be sure to try these other spice cookie recipes as well!

Almond spice cookies with glaze.

Almond Spice Cookies

Yield 24
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

These little Almond Spice Cookies have big flavor with a warm blend of spices, a delicate almond flavor, and a hint of citrus and brandy.

Almond Spice Cookies topped with a simple glaze and sliced almonds


For the cookies:

  • 1 & 1/2 cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (50g) ground almonds*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) light corn syrup**
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons brandy
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 cup (55g) confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons milk
  • sliced almonds for garnish, optional


To make the cookies:

  1. Whisk together the flour, almonds, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the corn syrup, brandy, and orange extract, and mix well.
  3. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined.
  4. Gather the dough into a ball. Wrap and chill for an hour or up to overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  6. Place the chilled dough between two sheets of waxed paper. Roll to 1/4-inch thickness. (If the dough chilled overnight, you may need to let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to make it easier to roll.)
  7. Use a 2-inch round cutter to cut out cookies. Gather and re-roll the dough as needed.
  8. Place the cut cookies on the prepared pans. Bake, one sheet at a time, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
  9. Cool on the pans for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the glaze:

  1. Stir together the confectioners' sugar and 2 teaspoons of milk. Add more milk, a small amount at a time, to attain the desired consistency. The glaze should be thick.
  2. Spread the glaze on the cooled cookies. If desired, top with sliced almonds. Allow the glaze to set before serving.


  • *Grind your own almonds, or use almond meal or almond flour.
  • **You can substitute 1/4 cup granulated sugar dissolved in enough hot water to make 1/4 cup of liquid. (That is in addition to the sugar already in the recipe.) BUT, the dough is far more likely to be crumbly, loose, and more difficult to handle. Golden syrup or agave nectar are likely reasonable substitutions, too, although I've not tried them specifically with this recipe.
  • Yield: Makes about 24 cookies.

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    12 Comments on “Almond Spice Cookies”

  1. Hi, these look fabulous! Just curious if you’ve tried substituting orange zest for the orange extract? Or if you think that would work? I don’t have orange extract and it’d be easier to just use zest instead!

  2. I don’t have brandy at home…a recommended sub please?  Thanks!

    • Hi, Janet. Something similar like cognac would work. You could also use bourbon or rum. If you just don’t want to use alcohol, you can use vanilla extract (although maybe less volume) or maybe even try apple juice.

  3. What could be substituted for the brandy? Thanks

    • Something similar like cognac would work. You could also use bourbon or rum. If you just don’t want to use alcohol, you can use vanilla extract (although maybe less volume) or maybe even try apple juice.

  4. Jennifer, would lyles Golden syrup work for the corn syrup. I have a great stock of that at the moment. These look great. I have to admit I love spice cookies.  So pretty too. Though I do dislike rolling cookies. Ha. Thanks!

  5. Could Amaretto be used instead of the brandy? Thanks for so many great recipes.

    Merry Christmas!!

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