17 Sweet Ways to Bake With Almonds

Almond flour, paste, extract, slices—we like it all

Whether they’re used whole, ground into flour, or blended with sugar into a smooth, dense paste, almonds are a versatile ingredient in cake, cookie, and pastry recipes from all over the globe.

Almond Cheesecake with Macerated Strawberries and Mint

Ground almonds add body and flavor to this creamy Swedish cheesecake, topped with clouds of whipped cream and ripe strawberries macerated with fresh mint. Get the recipe for Almond Cheesecake with Macerated Strawberries and Mint »

Simnel Marzipan Bonbons

Marzipan, a sweet paste of almond meal and sugar, is laced with spices, brandy, and lemon juice for these simple treats. Get the recipe for Simnel Marzipan Bonbons »

Almond-Lemon Cake

Almond-Lemon Cake

Sticky Rice and Almond Cake (Nian Gao)

Nian Gao

Cherry Snowball Cookies

These buttery, almond-scented cookies are stuffed with liqueur-soaked Luxardo cherries. Get the recipe for Cherry Snowball Cookies »

Fried Almond Pastries (Samsa Feuille de Brick)

Fried Almond Pastries

Almond Granita

Nutty, sweet almonds are used four ways in this super-simple frozen dessert. Get the recipe for Almond Granita »

Toasted Almond Biscotti

Crunchy, crumbly twice-baked cookies studded with almonds are the perfect complement to a cup of coffee or glass of vin santo.

Chewy Almond Macaroons

Chewy Almond Macaroons

Chocolate-Glazed Almond Spice Cookies (Lebkuchen)

The recipe for these Christmas cookies come from the bakery Rischart in Munich.

Almond & Marzipan Roulade

Chef Erez Komarovsky’s buttery almond dessert, swirled through with marzipan and toasted nuts, also makes a fine breakfast or afternoon snack.

Apricot-Almond Tart

You can substitute the apricots in this juicy tart for plums, peaches, or even berries.

Almond-Cream Tartlets

Almond-Cream Tartlets

Chocolate-Almond Cookies (Strazzate)

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.

Almond Sticks with Cocoa Nibs

Cocoa nibs add crunch and a subtly bitter note to these biscotti-like cookies adapted from Alice Medrich’s amazing chocolate cookbook, Seriously Bitter Sweet.

Almond Sugar Cookies

These glittering almond squares make a fantastic Christmas cookie on their own, but sandwiched with raspberry jam, they’re even better. Get the recipe for Almond Sugar Cookies »

Rainbow Cookies

Almond pastry filling in place of the almond paste typically used to make these cookies results in a lighter, moister cookie.