12 Days of Christmas Cookies
These Festive Almond Crinkle Cookies are incredibly soft and chewy. A warm vanilla almond flavor makes these cookies as delicious as they are easy!
Made with just four ingredients, they were by far the easiest cookies on the list!
I added ½ teaspoon of almond extract to really pop the flavor! I’ve also tried ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, which is delightful, and I plan to try peppermint next year!
The texture of the cookies is easily customizable as well. The longer you bake them, the cakier they become. They are made with cake mix after all!
My mom and I like ours just shy of doughy, but my husband prefers them closer to cake. Just know that the longer you bake them, the faster they dry out. They are best within 5 days but the cakey ones should really be eaten within 3.
Each bite of these delightfully chewy cookies will deliver bright almond flavor – just try not to breathe or powdered sugar will get everywhere!
An easy, colorful addition to your Christmas cookie platter or gift box!
I know I said these were the easiest cookies ever, and they absolutely are, but things can go awry with even the simplest recipes. (Pie crust comes to mind!)
A few notes to make your Almond Crinkle Cookies successful:
- There are different size cake mix boxes out there. I know this because I accidentally bought a small one and my dough was super oily and I had to throw it out. Tear. Make sure you pick up a 16.5 ounce box. I used Duncan Hines.
- I prefer the liquid food coloring to the gel food coloring in this recipe. The liquid disperses better in the batter. To get the right color with the gel, you had to use so much I could taste it. Blech! It was also difficult to incorporate, so I ended up over-mixing my batter. Again, another batch wasted.
- When I say generously roll your dough in powdered sugar, I do mean GENEROUSLY! As in powdered sugar is caked on the ball and there is powdered sugar all over your hands, the counter and the cookie sheet.
- The cook time will drastically alter the texture of your cookie. If you do not want dry, cakey cookies, then watch them!
These Festive Almond Crinkle Cookies are for the tenth day of my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies! You won’t want to miss the No Bake Gingersnap Brandy Balls, Chocolate Pecan Tassies, Molasses Sugar Cookies, Old Fashioned Gingersnaps, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Old Fashioned Oat Lace Cookies, Raspberry Linzer Cookies, Holiday Bark or Cherry Pecan Cookies!