Cooking with Mom: The Christmas Almond Cookies

It has been about a week that I am home and my jeans don’t fit me already. I believe my mom thinks I am a turkey she has to stuff as much as she can before the 25th.

I think I am going to explode soon…

This is where I live, btw, or better about 30 min from where my house is….Isnt’ it wonderful?


(picture taken by David Slavich, check out his portfolio)


because it’s December 24th

because tonight I will be enjoying a lot of food with all my relative and friends

and because tomorrow it’s Christmas

I am sharing with you this Lecce typical cookie recipe! These cookies are made with a dough made of almonds and sugar, which in Italian is called “pasta di mandorla” (almond paste). Their consistency and crunchness and sweet/bitter flavor make them my favorite recipe of the holiday.

They are also really easy to make and require in total 5 ingredients.

Make them today and offer them tomorrow to your Christmas lunch, people will love the cookies and will love you too!


  • 90 g almonds
  • 10 g bitter almonds
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1 tbsp essence of orange flowers
  • 1 egg white
  • Candied Green And Red Cherries

This is what you need minus the egg white which I forgot to include in the picture….

Take both kinds of almonds and put them into a food processor

and process them, but not for too long.

I love having a food processor!

Place the almonds into a big bowl and add sugar

essence of orange flowers

and egg white and stir all the ingredients together with a spoon

You should get a solid and quite hard dough

Take your pastry bag and moisten it with water then squeeze out the dough into circles. The water will make this a lot easier by preventing the dough to stick

Take some candied green and red cherries

and place one right in the center, red

and green. Press it down with your finger

Let your cookies dry for a few hours (about 6)

then back at 200 C for about 10 min or until golden brown

You want them to be gold on the outside, but soft on the inside

Have everybody a merry, merry Christmas!

Next week, lots of recipes for New year eve dinner 🙂

One cookie provides:

  • Calories: 49
  • Fat: 2.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Protein: 1/2 g

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An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.