Almond Powdered Sugar Cookies

Crescent Almond Sugar Cookies

Just a few more days until Christmas… which means I have been running around like crazy trying to tie up loose ends and getting everyone checked off my list (this has yet to be accomplished). I have started some baking, but I still have the bulk of it to do this week along with an insane amount of wrapping and shopping…but again I am a procrastinator! My mama recommended this cookie recipe to me and she raved about it’s delicate flavor and crumbly texture!

This recipe is from my great aunt, Tudy (her real name is Laverne, although I much prefer her nickname Tudy) and is one of my mom’s favorite cookies. According to my cousin Ivy, they are called Powdered Sugar Cookies or Almond Butter Cookies or the Greek name, Koudabiethes. They are very easy to make and contain an obscene amount of butter, but what the hell, it’s okay to ingest obscene amounts of butter during the holidays, right? Right.

Although I love to bake homemade treats, I am a sucker for Keebler Almond Crescent Cookies during the holidays. These cookies are sort of reminiscent of the Keebler type without the overly fake almond flavor. If you are a self-professed butter cookie lover, give these a try. If you are still baking for the holidays, definitely stop by tomorrow for an awesome chewy Snickerdoodle recipe that may just knock your Christmas themed socks off!

Have a fabulous day filled with holiday cheer!

Tudy's Almond Powdered Sugar Cookies


1 lb butter
3/4 cup ground almonds toasted
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup powder sugar
5-6 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon almond extract


1. Melt butter & remove from heat.

2. Beat in egg yolk and sugar.

3. Gradually add flour and knead for 30 minutes adding more flour as needed. (You should be able to form a shape.)

4. Half way through kneading, add nuts and extract. Shape into crescents or balls. (Obviously, I went the crescent shape although I think I prefer a small ball shape.)

5. Bake at 325 until lightly browned on the bottom. (About 10 min.)

6. Carefully remove from cookie sheet while still warm and coat with powdered sugar.

7. Repeat coating of powdered sugar when cool.


- If the dough is too greasy and hard to form into a shape, add more flour.
- You must knead for 30 min. Anything less, they don't turn out right. Definitely use a mixer!
- They are very fragile when they come out of the oven so be careful with that.
- These are a buttery cookie with a crumbly texture..they are definitely not soft or chewy!


13 Responses to “Almond Powdered Sugar Cookies”

  1. Steph McCord — December 21, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Quick question – I am new to the world of my Kitchenaid mixer: should I knead it for 30 minutes using the mixer or is it 30 minutes by hand/10 minutes by mixer? Sorry I'm still a newbie at this! Thanks for all the great recipes!


  2. Maria — December 21, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Such pretty cookies, it looks like they are snow covered:)


  3. Jamie — December 21, 2009 at 9:49 pm


    Thanks for stopping by and posting a comment! My cousin said to knead for a full 30 minutes even with the KA. Happy Holidays!



  4. Children of the 90s — December 22, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Someone in my family used to always bring these to dinners, though I can't remember who. I think we called them almond butter cookies. They're so good!


  5. nutmegnanny — December 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I'm one of those butter loving cookie people :) I would love these!


  6. racheym — December 23, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    how many cookies doess this make?


  7. Ingrid — December 31, 2009 at 10:14 am

    They sound delightful. I love the flavor of almond.


  8. yankeelovesthesouth — December 14, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I actually made these cookies this morning. The directions make the receipe appear more complicated than it is. I will tell you that I didnt kneed the dough for 30 minutes. My cuisinart started to smoke after 20 so I quit after that and did the remaining 10 minutes with a spoon. I make the round ball cookies. Not the crescent. They’re much prettier. AND I BAKED THEM FOR 15-20 Minutes…not 10. When I pulled them out of the oven, I immediately put them onto a cold sheet. Then I took a bowl of powdered sugar and took each cookie individually and dipped it in the powdered sugar. This got a much better look. The cookies are awsome. I”m making these cookies for a Christmas party.


  9. yankeelovesthesouth — December 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    By the way, this recipe made 70 small (1 inch round) cookies…which is perfect because they are soooooo filling. I ate 2 and completely reached my quota (and this is surprising because its one of my favorite cookies).


  10. Trina — December 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Making these today! Can’t wait to eat them. Glad I have a helper for kneading. :)


  11. melodie mills — August 3, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Could you substitute almond paste?


    • Jamie — August 4, 2017 at 11:21 am

      I haven’t tried this, but if you do, definitely let me know how it goes.


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