Chewy Almond Paste Cookies

You guys...these cookies are incredible! I love anything almond flavored and these are next level. They basically taste like a more flavorful macaron, but are much easier to make. I had a similar cookie at a local bakery recently and knew I needed to try making some at home. I found that they called for almond paste and while you can make your own, you can also buy it at the store. If you don't want to spend the money on 16 ounces of almond paste, this recipe can easily be halved and it still makes a decent amount of cookies.
These almond paste cookies come out ridiculously chewy and while the chocolate drizzle is optional, it's definitely a good idea. My husband said these were some of the best cookies he's ever had, which is saying something. If you want a cookie that seems a little more decadent, but is still easy to make, you've got to try these out!

Chewy Almond Paste Cookies

Adapted from Dishing Delish

Makes 28 cookies

16 oz. almond paste

1 cup white sugar

1 cup powdered sugar

3/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. almond extract

4 large egg whites, beaten until fluffy

3/4 cup chocolate chips, optional for topping

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
2. In a stand mixer, cream together almond paste, granulated sugar and powdered sugar until combined. On the lowest speed, add flour, salt, almond extract and egg whites. Mix until just combined.
3. Using a cookie scoop, measure dough and roll into balls. Place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

4. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Let cool completely.

5. If desired, place chocolate chips in a small bowl and microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring between each until completely melted. Pour melted chocolate into a Ziploc bag and cut a small piece off of one corner. Twist the bag at the top, gently squeeze melted chocolate and drizzle over each cookie.


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