Almond Butter Sticks

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Author Notes: This is a recipe my mother and I used to make for the holidays in the 1970's. It is typewritten on yellow stationary, folded, and stained. I don't know its source, possibly from one of my mother's friends. donnaweaves

Serves 72

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  1. Combine sugar and almond extract. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, flour, baking powder and salt. Blend at low speed until a dough forms. Knead on a floured surface until smooth.
  3. Divide dough in half. Roll out one half to a 15 x 9 inch rectangle. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of sugar/almond mixture. Fold one end of dough over center, then other end, forming a 3-layer package. Twist one quarter turn and roll out to 15 x 9 inches again. Repeat for a total of 3 times, using 3 - 4 tablespoons of sugar mixture each time. Repeat with other half of dough.
  4. After the final folding, roll each batch of dough to an 18 x 9 inch rectangle. Using a sharp knife cut dough into 3 x 1 1/2 inch strips. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets immediately. Cool.

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almost 2 years ago Cheryl

Hi, thank you for the feedback. Also, I just wanted to tell you that they have several copies of that cookie book on Ebay for just a few dollars (2-5$ or so). It has an american eagle and a glass decanter on the cover. Thought you might want to check it out, once again, the copyright year is 1967. I'm a young 64 year old retired RN, sounds as though your Mother might be around my age. Happy Holiday Baking!


almost 2 years ago donnaweaves

That is great to know - and fits perfectly with the timing of when my mother started to make them. Thanks for the insight.


almost 2 years ago Cheryl

Your recipe is to a "T", word for word, out of a 1967 copyrighted Pillsbury's Bake-Off Cookie Book which is filled with shortcutted prize winning favorites from 18 years of Bake Offs. I own the cookie book and make many of the recipes including the recipe above. I have made these for Christmas since about 1972. I thought you might want to know the origin of it. Apparently the person who submitted it to Pillsbury won a prize for it in one of the 1960s Bake-Offs...


over 5 years ago Heather

Almond Butter Sticks are my favorite cookies and we have the recipe the same way on an old ratty piece of paper covered in flour.