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Almond Horn Cookies Dipped in Chocolate

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How to make these super easy almond horn cookies for the holidays. Not only are they delicious but they’re also gluten-free.

Let’s talk cookies!

I say this every time I share a sweet recipe but I’m not really into sweets, I’m more of a salty and savory kind of girl.

Give me something that has almonds in it though, and I sing a different tune.

Every time we go into a bakery or coffee shop, no matter where we are, the only treats I ever look for are almond cookies. Without fail.

chocolate dipped almond horn cookies on powdered sugar board

I’m so excited to start the holiday baking season with a fun cookie recipe blog hop, hosted by Maryann from Domestically Speaking. Every day this week my blogging friends will be sharing some of their favorite Christmas cookie recipes for you to try. Make sure you check out all 4 recipes that are being shared today (at the bottom of the post) and come back each day this week to check out the others. Happy baking!

I used to love them when I was a kid growing up in New Jersey. We had great bakeries in our area in those days and I could always find a delicious almond cookie. My favorite ones are soft and a little chewy with tons of almond flavor. Yum!

I haven’t had a lot of luck finding really good ones lately, the kind I remember from my childhood, so I started making my own. If I’d known how easy they were to make, I would have started making them years ago.

The recipe I have been making is really similar to most that you can find online. Almond horns are generally made with just a few ingredients so it’s easy to see why there are so many similar similar. Our recipe though, has been tweaked here and there to suit our tastes.

Oh yes, the hubs loves these cookies too, especially when they’re dipped in some kind of ooey, gooey chocolate.  

Almond Horn Cookie Ingredients 

see the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post for measurements and complete instructions

For my almond cookies I buy almond paste online. You can find it in stores or you can even make your own. I like my recipes to be quick and easy so I just buy ready-made almond paste.

Making almond horns…

I put the sugar, almond flour and almond paste in a mixing bowl. The almond paste is sticky and in one big clump, so I take a minute and tear pieces off so that’s easier to mix with the other ingredients. I used a stand mixer to make my cookie dough but you could use a hand mixer.

sugar, flour and almond paste in a mixing bowl

While mixing the sugar, flour and paste, I added the almond extract and the egg white (a little at a time). The egg white really brings the dough together nicely. 

Just a word of warning…it’s a sticky dough. To help with that I like to keep a bowl of warm water nearby to wet my hands as I’m forming the almond horns.

almond horn cookie dough in bowl and sliced almonds on plate

Now that the dough is ready, and we have a bowl of water for sticky fingers, I started to form the almond horns. I used a cookie scooper, or you could use a tablespoon, to scoop the dough out. Then I rolled it in my hands to form a 3-4″ log. 

Next, I rolled the dough log in the sliced almonds, that are in a shallow dish. I placed the almond filled log on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and formed it into a horn, or crescent shape.

almond horn cookie dough formed into cookies on cookie sheet

Once all the cookies are prepared, I popped them in the oven to bake for about 15 minutes. I like my cookies to be chewy so I try not to over bake them. 

freshly baked almond horn cookies cooling on a parchment paper cookie sheet

Making the chocolate dipping sauce…

While the cookies are cooling, I prepared the chocolate for dipping, which is totally optional. I am a purist and love my almond cookies sans chocolate or powdered sugar. Roger on the other hand, loves them dipped in chocolate so I make a few for him to enjoy.

I just poured some semi-sweet chocolate pieces in a bowl with a tablespoon of coconut oil and popped it in the microwave for a minute or two. After the cookies were cool, I dipped them in the melted chocolate. 

dipping almond horn cookies in a bowl of melted semi-sweet chocolate

If chocolate isn’t your thing but you want to add a bit more sweetness, you could also dust your almond cookies with powdered sugar.

Powdered sugar, chocolate or plain…there’s no way you and your guests won’t enjoy these classic almond cookies.

almond horn cookies on black board with powdered sugar sprinkled on top

I have shared a few more cookie recipes like my flourless peanut butter cookies and Roger’s famous toffee bars if you want to check them out. Both are so easy to make and so good to eat.

All this talk of cookies makes me want to whip up a batch…pronto. 

dipping almond horn cookies in a bowl of melted semi-sweet chocolate and dipping almond horn cookies in a bowl of melted semi-sweet chocolate
Yield: Baker's Dozen, 13 cookies

Almond Horn Cookies Dipped in Chocolate

chocolate dipped almond horn cookies on powdered sugar board

Easy and so delicious almond horn cookies dipped in chocolate or just sprinkled with powdered sugar. A must-have dessert for your guests for the holidays.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes 13 seconds
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 13 seconds

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 8 oz. almond paste
  • 1/2-1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Chocolate Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper
  3. In stand mixer, or using a hand mixer, combine sugar, almond flour and almond paste (torn up into small pieces) sugar, flour and almond paste in a mixing bowl
  4. Add almond extract and egg white to mixture
  5. Mix until smooth
  6. In shallow dish, add sliced almonds
  7. Scoop out dough with a cookie scoop or tablespoon
  8. Roll dough in hands to form a 3 inch log *** almond horn cookie dough rolled into 3 inch log on hand
  9. Roll dough log in sliced almonds to coat
  10. Place on parchment paper and form into a horn
  11. Bake in oven for 13-15 minutes
  12. Remove from oven, let sit for 30 minutes until cool ****
  13. While cookies are cooling, prepare chocolate dipping sauce
  14. Place chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes
  15. Stir well
  16. Dip cooled almond horns in melted chocolate
  17. Let dry on a cookie rack
  18. Refrigerate for up to 7 days (if they last that long ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Notes

*** The dough is quite sticky so I had a bowl of warm water ready to wet my hands while forming the dough into logs.

****You can enjoy your almond horns without chocolate or dust them with a bit of powdered sugar.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

13

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 216Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 5g

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30 Comments

  1. Oh my! These look absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to give them a try!

    1. Thanks Lynne! They are really delicious and I love that they are so easy to make.

  2. Kristi,

    These look to-die-for! I am all about a good almond cookie and I can’t wait to try these out. Thanks for sharing!

    xo
    Trish

    1. If you like almond cookies, you’d definitely love these. Thanks Trish!

  3. These look so good! I haven’t heard of them before – must try them!

    1. Thanks Jenn! These are so good and so easy to make. Hope you try them!

  4. We both made horns, girl! Your horns look so beautiful with the almonds! And to be flour free…amazing!

    1. Thanks Julie! Love it when a recipe is easy to make and flour free. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. These sound so tasty! One of my sons doesn’t love super-sweet desserts and I think this would be perfect for him. Can’t wait to try them:)

    1. Thanks Carrie! Yes, these are perfect if he doesn’t like super sweet desserts. I hope he likes them . ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I’ve never made cookies with almond paste…I’m definitely going to try these! I love that they’re gluten free and not too sweet. Thanks for the great tutorial, Kristi!

    1. Thanks Rebecca! They are so easy to make. I hope you give them a try. If you do, let me know what you think. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Kristi,
    These look so good! I’ve never had almond horns before but I love almonds so I’ll have to give them a try. They sound like they have just the right amount of sweetness. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thanks Angie! They are delicious and not overly sweet, plus they are so easy to make. Hope you give them a try!

  8. These look fun, easy and not overly sweet. Canโ€™t wait to give them a try over the holidays. So happy to be doing cookie week with you.

    1. Thanks Sonya! They are so good and not too sweet at all. Hope you give them a try.

  9. These Almond Horn Cookies look amazing! I need some new gluten-free dessert recipes. So these are perfect. Thank you, my friend!

    1. Thanks so much, Meegan! I’m always on the lookout for gluten-free dessert recipes too. These certainly fit the bill and they are so good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Oh, I love almond cookies, too… and it makes sense that you like them without the chocolate/powdered sugar, since you don’t have a ‘real’ sweet tooth. So fun to be hopping with you, Kristi! Pinned and shared! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. These are just enough sweet for me and I love that they were so easy to make. Thanks so much for stopping by and for pinning and sharing, Julie!

  11. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Cookies and baking are a favorite this time of year, i like to make cookies for my grandchildren for Thanksgiving and give them some to take home. Thanks these look good.

    1. I don’t bake a lot but this time of year I bake almost every week. Something about the holidays and fresh baked cookies. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by, Marlene. Hope you have a great week!

    1. I’m the same way, Maryann. These are loaded with almond goodness.

  12. Looks yummy. Canโ€™t wait to bake a batch in my new toaster oven.
    My kind of cookie๐Ÿค—

  13. My husband loves cookies made with almond paste. I’ll be making a batch of these for him this Christmas season. Your almond horns sound like a great cookie to enjoy with a cup of hot coffee.

    1. They are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. I’ve been having one with my nightly cup of tea all weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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