Meet the Love Child of an Almond Croissant & a Chocolate Chip Cookie

September  4, 2016

It's hard to beat a very good classic chocolate chip cookie. In its simplest form, it's a dessert that pleases pretty much everyone. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't riff on the basic formula. Variety is the spice of life, and the more excellent dessert recipes one has, the better.

Photo by Posie Harwood

We've shown you some great twists on chocolate chip cookies before: salted, crispy with oatmeal, vegan, and whole wheat to name a few. You can turn your cookie into a cake, bake it in a skillet and top it with ice cream, or get in the fall spirit and add pumpkin.

But let me ask you this: Do you like almond croissants? Do you have trouble restraining yourself around marzipan? Could you eat frangipane tarts every night? If so, then you must try this chocolate chip cookie recipe, which comes from the Solo Foods recipe archives. Before creaming together the butter and sugar, you add an entire can of almond paste to the bowl.

Photo by Posie Harwood

The result is a classic chocolate chip cookie with a cakier, chewy texture. It has a fairly strong almond flavor, but it doesn't overpower the chocolate. It's an easy one-bowl recipe (you don't even need a mixer, although it requires a bit of elbow grease to stir together the butter and almond paste), and it's excellent for an afternoon snack or as a back-to-school lunch treat if you're looking to branch out from the same old cookie recipes.

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Until I can master an almond croissant with a chocolate chip cookie folded inside, by some miracle of physics (I'll work on this, I promise!), this is the next best thing.

Posie Harwood is a writer, photographer, and food stylist based in New York. You can read more of her writing here.

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I like warm homemade bread slathered with fresh raw milk butter, ice cream in all seasons, the smell of garlic in olive oil, and sugar snap peas fresh off the vine.


Mona P. April 29, 2020
Can you use marzipan?
Posie (. April 29, 2020
Yes but dial back the sugar a bit as marzipan is sweeter.
Beverly F. December 1, 2017
I love chewy, hate cakey cookies. Is this super cakey?
Oat&Sesame September 14, 2016
Almond paste. Perhaps my favorite snack. How have I not tried this! It's like an Italian rainbow cookie without all the fuss!
Kristina C. September 13, 2016
What brand of almond paste do you recommend? I've not found a good one here in Ontario, Canada. Can't wait to try these!
Posie (. September 13, 2016
Hm, I usually use Odense or Solo or Love n' Bake and I like all of those if you can find one of them!
Jan September 13, 2016
I saw this yesterday and decided diet be blasted! Hubby was very excited to try them. I passed some to the neighbor lady and also gifted to my business insurance lady. These need to come with a warning of how addictive they are. Thank you for peeling the label back and showing me what I have missed for so long. New favorite!
Fresh T. September 5, 2016
Posie Harwood you are a genius. This looks so messed up good. I love almond croissants and I can't wait to make these. Sooooon! Very soon!