Holiday Spiced Almond Shortbread Cookies are soft and buttery and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. They're made with almond flour so are naturally gluten-free and can easily be made vegan – but don't make them (or not make them) because of that. This is a Christmas cookie recipe that everyone will love.
Bring on all the almond shortbread cookies! Every single one of them. And then a few more.
What I've learned about these buttery balls of goodness is that there is no such thing as too many. That concept simply doesn't exist. ← I've tested that theory to the max and I can assure you it's true.
My neighbor (Hi, Danielle!) was the person who got me hooked on almond shortbread cookies. She brought me a version of these she made with Meyer lemon zest. They were AMAZING! Right away my mind started whirling around thinking of all the different versions I could make. It was dizzying.
I knew that an almond shortbread holiday edition had to be on the menu. It was a must. When I found out about the Vitamix Winter Spice Seasoning, I knew they were meant for each other.
You know what else are made for each other? YOU and Vitamix. That's right, my friends. You and Vitamix should now be a thing, and I've got a little pre-Christmas celebration giveaway to make that happen. You guessed it … I'm giving away a Vitamix! (Hop down the page to just above the recipe to enter.)
Are you thinking that a cookie recipe and a Vitamix giveaway are an odd pair? Don't worry, you're not alone. The first thing my handsome man asked me when he saw me making this almond shortbread in our Vitamix was, “why are you making cookies in our blender?” Fair question.
The answer is simple: because it's super easy. And you know me, I like good food, but I don't like to fuss over it.
Here's how easy it is to make these almond shortbread cookies in your Vitamix:
1. Put the ingredients in your Vitamix.
2. Turn it on.
3. Roll the cookies into balls and bake.
These almond shortbread cookies are insanely delicious. They are so tender and buttery and literally melt in your mouth as you eat them.
They also only have a small amount of sugar in them, as far as cookies go. I'd plant these firmly in the healthy-ish Christmas cookie category. Bonus!
And, since they're made with almond flour, they're naturally gluten-free. Don't let that throw you off, though. (Reading that a cookie recipe is gluten-free would normally make me run.) Unlike most gf baking, these almond shortbread cookies are AMAZING. So good that amazing deserves to be capitalized.
Even my handsome man, who would normally make all sorts of faces if I offered him gluten-free cookies (and don't get me started on how fast he'd run if I said they could be made vegan. ha!), couldn't stop raving about how good these are.
Delicious little snowball cookies right here, my friends.
Onto the really good stuff … the VITAMIX GIVEAWAY!
Here's the real deal. My Vitamix and I have the best of pals ever since I brought her home six years ago. (And yes, I did personify my Vitamix and I'm only a tad embarrassed about it.) I use it almost daily and have a ton of recipes here on TEM that call for a Vitamix. I'd be lost in my kitchen without it. Vitamix has (super generously!) offered one of their machines to one lucky TEM fan. That's you!
My hope is that (1) you will know how much appreciate you being a part of this blog, (2) the soon to be new love of your life will encourage you to love spending time in your kitchen, and (3) your holidays will be that much sweeter.
To enter the giveaway:
Video: How to Make Almond Shortbread Cookies:
Delicious Christmas Baking Recipes:
- Mom's Nanaimo Bar Recipe
- Cranberry and White Chocolate Butter Cookies
- Melt in Your Mouth Shortbread Cookies
- Cranberry and White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes
Holiday Spiced Almond Shortbread Cookies are soft and buttery and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. They're made with almond flour so are naturally gluten-free – but don't make them (or not make them) because of that. This is a Christmas cookie recipe that everyone will love.
- 1 1/4 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, softened (vegan, if needed)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon Vitamix Holiday Spice Mix, plus a little extra to top the cookies
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add the almond flour, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and Vitamix Winter Spice Mix to your Vitamix. Turn on your Vitamix and slowly increase the speed to 3 or 4 and blend the dough. Use the plunger if needed. Blend only until the dough comes together (no more than 30 seconds) then transfer the dough to a bowl.
- Make 12 – 1 tablespoon balls then roll them in some powdered sugar. Place them on the prepared baking sheet, sprinkle the tops with a little extra Vitamix Holiday Spice Mix, then bake in your oven for 10 minutes.
If you blend the dough too long the heat from the Vitamix can melt the butter. If this happens, the dough will feel oily. Divide the dough into the 12 – 1-tablespoon portions and chill in your fridge for about a half hour before rolling in the sugar. Don't worry, it won't affect the taste of the cookies.