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.
Chocolate Almond Cookies (Strazzate)
Featured in our book Best Cookies, 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.
Tozzetti (Anise, Almond, and Hazelnut Biscotti)
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. See the recipe for Yuanxiao Dumplings »