Most commonly called on to add flavor and structure to desserts, almonds’ mild, sweet taste makes them great in a variety of recipes. From a gluten-free spin on crab cakes to traditional biscotti, here are 12 of our favorite recipes that incorporate almonds.
At the Red Cat in New York City, these are a popular choice on the bar menu.
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, these traditional crumbly cookies from the Basilicata region of Italy are flavored with Strega, an Italian herbal liqueur, but Galliano, which can be found in most liquor stores, is a fine substitute.
Fried fish with a brown butter sauce and almonds is a French classic, and one of the most popular dishes at the beloved New Orleans restaurant Galatoire’s.
Specialties of Basel, in northern Switzerland, these chocolatey confections are often described as Swiss brownies. Almonds, sugar, and chocolate are ground fine and bound together with egg whites to create a satisfyingly chewy texture, while cinnamon and cloves impart an unmistakable flavor of old-fashioned Christmas cheer.
Get the recipe for Chocolate-Almond Spice Cookies (Basler Brunsli) »
These Roman-style biscotti are a favorite of Nick Malgieri’s for their distinctive anise flavor and atypical baking method: the loose batter is poured onto a baking sheet and baked like a cake. The result is light biscotti with large chunks of almonds and hazelnuts.
These soft, chewy dumplings filled with a sweet nut mixture are a traditional part of the Chinese New Years celebration. This recipe was adapted from the book
How to Cook and Eat in Chinese, by Buwei Yang Chao, which was first published in 1945. Yuanxiao, Chao explains, is actually the name for the festival that occurs on the fifteenth day of the new year, so by eating the dumplings you’re also metaphorically eating the sweet new year.
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The horchata originally came to Mexico via the Spaniards, who called it Agua or horchata de chufa and made it with tiger nuts.
The substitution of almond flour for conventional wheat flour in this recipe, developed by Judy Haubert, originated as a gluten-free workaround, but actually makes the cakes moister and more tender than traditional crab cakes.
Get the recipe for Almond-Flour Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli »
Chewy Almond Macaroons
Sticky-sweet almond pastries drenched in a syrup of honey and orange flower water are typical of the rustic desserts of Tunisia.
Get the recipe for Fried Almond Pastries (Samsa Feuille de Brick) »
Sweet, salty and just a little spicy, these glazed almonds are a popular addition to holiday gift baskets and party spreads. Always make more than you think you’ll need as it’s hard to resist snacking on them when they’re still warm. This recipe comes to us from Marisa McClellan, author of
Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round. Get the recipe for Ginger Curry Candied Almonds »