McCormick® Almond Shortbread Cookies Recipe -
McCormick(R) Almond Shortbread Cookies Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

McCormick® Almond Shortbread Cookies

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"These simple, but heavenly, almond butter cookies are traditional Puerto Rican Christmas cookies – they are as common and popular as chocolate chip cookies are in the States. They make wonderful Christmas gifts that everyone will enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 20 (2-cookie) servings Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour and nutmeg in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter, shortening, sugar and extracts in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually stir in flour mixture until well mixed. Dough should be slightly moist. If dough looks dry, sprinkle with water and work into dough. If dough is sticky, sprinkle with additional flour.
  2. Spoon dough by teaspoons and shape into balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Gently flatten each ball with palm of hand. Press a cherry piece in the center of each cookie.
  3. Bake 20 minutes or until golden. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
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  • PREP 25 mins
  • COOK 20 mins
  • READY IN 45 mins

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Dec 15, 2011

These are really tasty! I added some slivered almonds and I didn't have any shortening on hand so used 2 sticks of butter. I also rolled them in a little sugar before cooking. turned out great! :) Edited to add I'm made three dozen for a cookie exchange and they were a hit!

Dec 17, 2011

THESE were a giant hit! I needed a quick but charming cookie to add some color to the peanut butter blossoms and chocolate peppermint chunk cookies I'd already made. Found these on a whim, and they outshone EVERY other kind! I also added almond slivers but on TOP of the cookies. DEFINITELY a good idea as the almonds took on a roasted flavor after baking. Seriously one of my new favorites.


6 Ratings

Dec 13, 2011

Followed exactly except I didn't have any cherries; which is fine because I really just wanted a shortbread cookie. These were delicious!! I will make them again.

Dec 17, 2011

Results tasted a little on the bland side. However, the recipe is easy and quick to do.


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  • Calories
  • 159 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.3 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 9.6 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 49 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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