Attention all dessert lovers, I have a recipe that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you wanting more. Introducing the Texan-Sized Almond Crunch Cookies recipe! This recipe pays homage to the great state of Texas, where everything is bigger and better, including these cookies.
I created this recipe out of my love for baking and my admiration for Texan desserts. These cookies are soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside, perfect for any occasion or craving. The aroma of toasted almonds and buttery goodness will fill your home and make your taste buds dance with joy.
If you are a fan of traditional chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal raisin cookies, I urge you to give this recipe a try. The addition of almond crunch takes these cookies to a whole other level of deliciousness. Trust me; you will not regret it.
Without further ado, let’s dive into the ingredient list and discover all the elements that make these Texan-Sized Almond Crunch Cookies so special.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Have you ever craved something sweet and crunchy all at once? Well, let me introduce you to the Texan-Size Almond Crunch Cookies Recipe. Once you take a bite of these cookies, there’s no turning back.
This recipe is perfect for those who love to experiment with different ingredients. The combination of whole wheat flour, slivered almonds, and toffee bits creates a perfect balance of flavors that will leave your taste buds dancing. And not to mention the almond extract that adds a subtle nutty flavor to every bite.
But what makes this recipe stand out from other cookie recipes is its irresistible texture. These cookies have a crisp exterior with a crumbly and buttery interior, and every bite is filled with chunks of almonds and bits of toffee.
Not only are these cookies delectable, but they’re also easy to make. With just one bowl and some elbow grease in mixing the dough, you can create a batch of these cookies in no time. And of course, baking them does not require any fancy techniques.
And lastly, how can we forget about their size! As Texans say, everything is bigger in Texas, including their cookies! These cookies are generously sized unless you want to share them (which I doubt).
So if you’re looking for an easy yet impressive dessert to impress your guests or just satisfy those cravings, the Texan-Size Almond Crunch Cookies are the way to go. Don’t wait any longer; get baking!
- 3 cups almond crunch (you can use store-bought or make it yourself by mixing together ¼ cup slivered almonds with ¼ cup almond flour and ¼ cup toffee bits)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp almond extract
- 2 large eggs
Note: If you’re looking to adjust the recipe to your taste preferences, consider adding chocolate chips or swapping out the almonds for cashews or pecans.
This recipe makes about 18 Texas-sized almond crunch cookies that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Before getting started with the recipe, make sure you have all these ingredients available in your kitchen.
The Recipe How-To
Now that we have gone over the ingredients list, it is time to move on to the recipe how-to. Don your aprons and make sure you have all of the utensils you need because we are about to get started!
Mixing the Dough
First things first, preheat your oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl, blend together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cream of tartar, and ½ tsp salt.
In another mixing bowl, beat together 1 cup softened butter, 1 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 large eggs, and 2 tsp almond extract using an electric mixer.
Gradually add the dry mixture into the wet mixture until a stiff dough forms. Take care not to overmix the dough as this may yield in tough cookies.
Next, fold in 3 cups almond crunch and make sure they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
Forming the Cookies
Using a cookie scoop or spoon, portion out about two tablespoons of dough for each cookie on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Make sure there is enough space between each cookie for them to expand during baking.
Ensure that your hands are clean before progressing to flatten each ball slightly using your palm or the back of the spoon.
Baking the Cookies
Place one tray at a time in a preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. This recipe makes around 20-24 Texas-sized almond crunch cookies so feel free to bake in separate batches if necessary.
When done baking, remove from oven and let cookies cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack or plate.
Enjoy these delectable, nutty treats with some cold milk or pair them with tea or coffee for an indulgent afternoon snack.
Substitutions and Variations
One of the great things about baking is that you can always experiment with different ingredients and flavors to make something uniquely your own. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try with this Texas-sized almond crunch cookie recipe:
– Flour: Instead of using all-purpose flour, try using half all-purpose and half whole wheat flour for a nuttier taste and added fiber. You can also swap for almond flour to give an extra layer of nuttiness.
– Sugar: Granulated sugar works just as well as powdered sugar in this recipe. For a healthier twist, try using honey or pureed dates instead of sugar.
– Butter: For a dairy-free option, use margarine or coconut oil instead of butter. Almond butter would also be an excellent substitute.
– Almonds: If you’re not a fan of almonds, try substituting with cashews or walnuts. You could also add in some toffee bits or chocolate chips to mix things up.
– Flavorings: If you want a different flavor profile, swap the almond extract for vanilla or peppermint extract. Alternatively, adding cinnamon, cardamom etc., will give a spice-like flavour to the cookies.
Remember, every substitution and variation may affect the texture and taste of your cookies so experiment carefully to achieve the best results.
Serving and Pairing
Now that you’ve successfully made these Texan-size almond crunch cookies, it’s time to enjoy them! There’s no wrong way to serve these cookies, but I have a few favorite ways to really amplify the almond flavor.
First and foremost, have a glass of milk handy. The crunchy bits of almond paired with the soft, buttery texture of the cookie will leave you reaching for a cold glass of milk after every bite. Plus, it’s a classic pairing that just can’t be beaten.
For a more elevated pairing, try serving these cookies with a warm cup of coffee or tea. The nutty undertones from the almonds really compliment the rich flavors in coffee or tea.
If you’re feeling adventurous, take these cookies one step further and make them into an ice cream sandwich. Simply take two cookies and sandwich your favorite flavor of ice cream in between – I recommend vanilla, coffee or even almond-flavored ice cream for an extra pop of flavor.
Finally, if you want to take a more decadent route, drizzle melted chocolate over your cookies for an added layer of richness. You could also dip the edges in melted chocolate and then roll them in crushed toffee bits or slivered almonds for a truly indulgent treat.
No matter how you decide to serve these cookies, I guarantee they’ll be a hit at any gathering or as a dessert to end your meal with something sweet and nutty.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Once these Texan-Sized Almond Crunch Cookies have cooled, they can easily be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week at room temperature. Because of their crunchy texture, the cookies retain their freshness well and are perfect to pack for school or work lunches, picnics, and road trips. If you want to keep them fresh for a longer period, you can store them in the refrigerator or freezer.
For longer storage, wrap the cookies tightly in plastic wrap before placing them in a resealable plastic bag or airtight container. Be sure to take out as much air as possible to prevent any moisture from building up; otherwise, the cookies will lose their signature crunchiness.
To reheat the almond crunch cookies and awaken their flavor and aroma, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Remove the cookies from freezer or fridge and let them come back to room temperature for about 20-30 minutes if they were frozen. Then place them directly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Bake them for 5-10 minutes depending on their thickness, until they are heated through and crispy again.
These almond crunch cookies are perfect when paired with coffee, tea, milk or hot chocolate. You can also turn them into an unforgettable dessert by crumbled them over vanilla ice cream, baked apples, or pudding.
Furthermore, once you get comfortable with this recipe you might want to experiment with some variations by adding new ingredients such as other varieties of nuts like cashews or hazelnuts, chocolate chips or chunks, almond slices or even almond flour for a gluten-free version.
Remember that homemade treats like these Texan-Sized Almond Crunch Cookies can make any day better; so indulge yourself and your loved ones in these delicious desserts!
Tips for Perfect Results
If you want to achieve perfect results every time, there are a few tips and tricks you can use when making Texas-Sized Almond Crunch Cookies. Here are some of the best tips I have learned to make these cookies turn out their absolute best:
1. Accurate Measurements: It is essential to always use accurate measurements. For this recipe, it is best to use a scale to weigh the ingredients accurately.
2. Mix Your Dough Well: Make sure to mix your dough evenly and thoroughly. Otherwise, you may end up with uneven clusters of almond crunch in your cookies.
3. Chill Your Dough: One trick for perfect cookie texture is chilling the cookie dough before baking. This helps the cookies to hold their shape while baking and results in a chewier texture.
4. Avoid Over-Baking: Over-baking your cookies can lead to dry and tough cookies that are not enjoyable to eat. Follow the recommended baking time carefully, and watch them closely as they bake.
5. Use Good Quality Ingredients: Always use fresh and high-quality ingredients when making any recipe. This will ensure that you achieve the best results possible.
6. Get Creative with Add-Ins: While almonds are the star ingredient in these cookies, you could also experiment with other add-ins such as chocolate chips, toffee bits, or chopped cashews for a twist on this recipe.
Remember, practice makes perfect. With patience and careful attention to detail, you’ll be making delicious Texas-Sized Almond Crunch Cookies like a pro in no time!
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and preheat your oven to 350°F, gather your ingredients, and start baking a batch of these delicious Texan-Size Almond Crunch Cookies! With their unique texture, nutty flavor, and sweetness, they are sure to impress anyone who tries them. Plus, with the variety of substitutions and variations you can try, there’s a recipe that suits every taste. Not only are they easy and fun to make but they also make for great gifts or party favors. Trust me when I say that these cookies will become a baked favorite that everyone craves at any time of day or night, so don’t hold back and make a batch today!
Texan-Size Almond Crunch Cookies Recipe
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
- 1 cup butter or 1 cup margarine, softened
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 cups chopped almonds
- 1 (6 ounce) package almond brickle chips
- Combine sugar, powdered sugar, butter, and vegetable oil in a large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed with electic mixer until blended.
- Add eggs and almond extract, beating well.
- Combine flours, soda, salt, and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture, beating just until blended after each addition.
- Stir in almonds and brickle chips.
- Chill dough 3 to 4 hours.
- Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls, and place at least 3-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Flatten cookies wih a fork dipped in sugar, making a crisscross pattern.
- Bake at 350° for 14-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Transfer to racks to cool.
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