I can safely say that these Almond Butter Sticks are one of the best cookies I have had this year, thanks to Tricia from Saving Dessert. When I first saw these cookies, I was mesmerized by their beauty. I wondered if they tasted as good as they looked, and they were amazing!
- WHAT ARE ALMOND BUTTER STICKS
- WHAT MAKES THIS ALMOND BUTTER STICKS RECIPE SPECIAL?
- IS ALMOND BUTTER STICKS GOOD IN COFFEE?
- 🥘 INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED FOR ALMOND BUTTER STICKS
- 🔪 HOW TO MAKE ALMOND BUTTER STICKS
- 💭 COOKING TIPS FOR ALMOND BUTTER STICKS
- 📖 DELICIOUS VARIATIONS FOR ALMOND BUTTER STICKS
- 🍲 MORE COOKIES YOU'LL LOVE
- 🌡️ HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER ALMOND BUTTER STICKS
- 📖 Recipe
- 💬 Comments
These cookies are not only elegant, but they also melt in your mouth. They're buttery too! I'm not going to share details, but my family loved these cookies so much I had to keep looking for the container that had them in different parts of the house (I'm not kidding)!
Thanks to Tricia for making my family happy and sharing a wonderful recipe with everyone. Please pay Tricia's blog a visit if you like this recipe. I swear she bakes magic!
WHAT ARE ALMOND BUTTER STICKS
Almond butter sticks are pastries that are made from a buttery and flaky dough. The dough is made with flour, butter, cream cheese, and sugar, rolled out, filled with butter, vanilla, or almond and sugar mixture, and then sprinkled with coarse sugar for a sweet and crunchy finish and baked until golden brown.
Once baked, the almond butter sticks are sliced into finger-shaped pieces. Almond butter sticks are great as a delicious treat for breakfast, as a snack, or as a sweet dessert.
WHAT MAKES THIS ALMOND BUTTER STICKS RECIPE SPECIAL?
Delicious taste: These almond butter sticks are absolutely heavenly! The vanilla, almonds, and tangy cream cheese make a taste hard to beat in any other cookie.
Great texture: Almond butter sticks come out lightly crunchy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth on the inside.
Snack-sized: These cookies are cut into small strips, making them perfect for sharing or for a small snack (although I bet you can't have just one!).
IS ALMOND BUTTER STICKS GOOD IN COFFEE?
These almond butter sticks are perfect for dunking in coffee! Many coffee recipes actually call for adding almond butter. Instead of doing that, using these sticks will give you the best of both worlds!
This buttery and flaky pastry really pairs well with the slightly bitter taste of coffee. Their nutty and sweet flavor also really compliments coffee's taste profile.
🥘 INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED FOR ALMOND BUTTER STICKS
You can scroll down to the recipe card for further details and instructions.
Almonds: Almonds' rich, nutty flavor and crunchy texture make this dessert great. They compliment the other ingredients' sweetness and are healthy too!
Sugars: This almond butter stick recipe needs two kinds of sugar. Regular sugar for making the dough, and coarse sugar to top the sticks with.
Vanilla: Vanilla has a sweet, floral, slightly woody flavor that matches the dough's sweetness. The taste and fragrant aroma really bring out the nutty flavors of the almonds too.
Cream cheese: We will use cream cheese to give our sticks a rich and luxurious texture. The slightly tangy flavor is also a great subtle contrast to the sweetness in this recipe.
🔪 HOW TO MAKE ALMOND BUTTER STICKS
The full instructions are in the recipe card below, but let's look at the main steps to making this treat.
First, preheat your oven to 375F/190C. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set it aside. Mix the sugar and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a separate medium mixing bowl.
Combine the butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Beat it on low until blended, then add the egg yolk and continue blending until smooth. Add half the flour mixture and beat on low until well combined. Add the remaining flour and mix until the dough comes together.
Transfer the dough to a floured work surface. Knead it by hand for a few seconds until the dough is pliable, then roll it into a 12-inch x 12-inch square. Spread one tablespoon of butter over the dough. Next, cut the dough in half, butter side up.
Spoon the sugar mixture onto the dough to within ½-inch of the edges all the way around. Place the remaining dough half, butter side down, over the sugar and press the edges tightly to seal. Brush the dough with a lightly beaten egg white. Sprinkle the almonds and gently press them to ensure they stick, then sprinkle coarse sugar over the top.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. If you want the cookies to crunch, bake them for another 9 to 11 minutes. Let it cool for at least 30 minutes. Cut the pastry half lengthwise when cooled and then crosswise ½ to 1-inch strips.
💭 COOKING TIPS FOR ALMOND BUTTER STICKS
Here are some tips to make sure you get the best almond butter sticks:
Use room temp ingredients: Make sure the butter and cream cheese are at room temperature before blending together. This will help create a smoother dough.
Roll the dough evenly: When rolling out the dough, make sure it is evenly thick. This will help ensure even baking and evenly sized sticks.
Don't overbake: Don’t overbake your sticks! They should be golden brown and have a nice crunch, but not over-baked.
📖 DELICIOUS VARIATIONS FOR ALMOND BUTTER STICKS
There are so many delicious variations you can make with almond butter sticks. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Chocolate-Dipped Almond Butter Sticks: Dip each stick in melted chocolate for an extra chocolaty treat!
- Toffee Almond Butter Sticks: Top the sticks with crushed toffee bits for a sweet and crunchy twist.
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🌡️ HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER ALMOND BUTTER STICKS
These almond butter sticks can be stored in an airtight container or a resealable bag for up to 4 days. They can also be frozen for up to two months.
Almond Butter Sticks
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup unsalted butter plus 1 tablespoon to brush the dough
- 6 ounces cream cheese or 170 grams
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 large egg separated (white is reserved for glazing)
- ⅓ cup sliced almonds
- 1 teaspoon coarse sugar for topping
- Preheat the oven to 375F/190C.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix the sugar and vanilla extract. Cover and set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and cream cheese. Beat on low until blended. Add the egg yolk and blend until smooth. Add half the flour mixture and beat on low until combined. Add the remaining flour and mix until the dough comes together.
- Transfer the dough to a floured work surface. Knead by hand for a few seconds until the dough is pliable. Roll the dough into a 12x12- inch square. Spread one tablespoon of butter over the dough.
- Cut the dough in half and place one half on the prepared cookie sheet, butter side up.
- Spoon the sugar mixture to within ½-inch of the dough edges all the way around. Place the remaining dough half, butter side down, over the sugar. Press the edges tightly to seal.
- Brush the dough with a lightly beaten egg white. Sprinkle with almonds, gently press it down to ensure it sticks, then sprinkle the coarse sugar.
- Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. If you want the cookies to have a crunch to them, bake them for another 9 to 11 minutes.
- Cool at least 30 minutes.
- Cut the pastry in half lengthwise and then into ½ to 1 inch strips crosswise.
- You can use almond extract instead of vanilla.
- After sprinkling the almond over the dough, gently press it down to ensure it sticks.
- When you bake the cookies for 25 to 30 minutes, they will come out with a light crunch, but I like to bake them for 8 or 10 minutes longer for my family. The flavor becomes more intense, and the texture turns crispy from the outside and super melt in the mouth from the inside.