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Italian Almond Cookies Made with Almond Paste

I am so happy to be sharing my mother’s recipe for these decadent Italian Almond cookies with you! They have a little crunch on the outside and are soft and moist on the inside, like Pignoli Cookies, with a gorgeous almondy sweetness! One bite and they will become your favorite cookies!

A mound of almond covered cookies on a clear plate with an espresso pot next to it.
Almond Christmas Cookies

Italian almond cookies are simply scrumptious! They get their soft moist texture from a combination of coconut and almond paste. There is no flour in these cookies and believe it or not there is no butter or oil in them either! They remind me of a cross between a macaron and a macaroon. Best of all, they can be enjoyed by everyone because they are naturally gluten and dairy free!

Ingredients you will need

Ingredients for Almond Cookies.

There are only 6 ingredients in this recipe: Egg whites, Sugar, Confectioners’ sugar, coconut, almond paste, and sliced almonds.
• The coconut should be sweetened but can be shredded or flaked.
• Almond paste can be found in the baking section of most grocery stores. Do not try to substitute marzipan in this recipe as it will be too hard.

How to make almond Cookies

^ photos showing the process for making the almond cookie dough.
Grating the almon paste, the cookie batter, a plate of slivered almonds and cookie dough rolled in almonds on a baking sheet.

Not only are these Italian Almond Cookies incredibly delicious, but they are easy to make:

  1. Grate the almond paste with the shredder side of a cheese grater. This helps it to mix evenly with the other ingredients.
  2. Beat the eggs until they get frothy
  3. Add the sugars and continue beating until the sugar is melted and the texture looks like liquefied marshmallows.
  4. Mix in the coconut and continuing to beat the mixture,
  5. Gradually add the shredded almond paste.
  6. Form the dough into teaspoon sized balls.
2 photos: one showing how to roll the cookies dough in sliced almonds and the other showing the cookies on a cookies sheet.
  • Roll the cookies in sliced almonds.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.


How do you store almond cookies?

These cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 7 days. I recommend putting a sheet of wax paper between the cookies if you are going to layer them. This keeps the almonds from falling off the cookies in your container.

Can you freeze almond cookies?

These cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months if stored properly in a airtight container. When you are ready to eat them simply allow them to thaw at room temperature and enjoy!

Why are almonds in so many Sicilian recipes?

Almonds are not native to Sicily; they were originally cultivated in the Middle East and made their way to the island in around 1,000 BC. They have become the second most popular fruit tree in Sicily, being beaten out only by olive trees. Almonds are so popular in Sicily that there is a festival devoted to them in Agrigento in February, when the trees blossom.

An espresso pot, white espresso cups and almond cookies on white linen napkins.
Almond cookies are a delicious holiday treat.

Cuccidati Italian Fig cookies and Chocolate Spice Cookies are well known cookies that can be found on most holiday cookie trays. At Easter we often make Pani Di Cena, which are delicious anise flavored cookies made in the shape of a cross. Then there are these wonderfully soft and moist Anginetti Cookies – Italian Wedding Cookies, and Italian Butter Cookies which look beautiful on any wedding cookie platter.

A plate of almond covered cookies on white linen with green leafy flowers and a silver espresso pot in the background.

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A plate of almond covered cookies on white linen with green leafy flowers and a silver espresso pot in the background.

Almond Cookies Made with Almond Paste

Italian almond meringue cookies made with almond paste and coconut flake. These cookies are really special!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 25 cookies
Calories 128 kcal


  • 1/2 lb almond paste
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar granulated
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut flaked, sweetened
  • 1 cup sliced almonds


  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Using a standing cheese grater, grate the almond paste on the shredder side of the grater.
  • Beat egg whites, sugar and powdered sugar until it looks a bit like soft marshmallows.
  • Adding the coconut and beat until well mixed.
  • With the beater running on medium, gradually add the almond paste and continue to mix until the mixture forms a dough like consistency.
  • Place the sliced almonds in a shallow dish.
  • Use a scant teaspoon to measure the dough. Roll the dough into a ball and then roll it in the sliced almonds.
  • Arrange the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.


Serving: 25cookiesCalories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 105mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Almond cookies, holiday cookies, christmas, Special occasion cookies, easy cookie recipe, italian cookies, Sicilian cookies
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  1. I can attest to how absolutely delicious these cookies are. I eat them every year with Enza’s family and they are one of my all time favs!!!😋

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